Speaking to S Viswanath and Jayanth P, the former IRAS official asserts the introduction of English medium is a practical solution to a practical problem and Telugu would be given more importance.
Mathematics and Science teachers will be given four-day training.
What the government and parents did not take into consideration was how students will cope up with the move.
Ilaiah also asked why only poor children should take the responsibility to preserve their mother tongue.
He said Pawan should first protest against his ‘boss’ who has an illegal structure constructed on the flood bank of Krishna, then only conserving rivers would become a reality.
According to sources, the training programme, which will begin from the second week of December, will be limited to primary and upper primary teachers in the first phase.
The Minister said that said that Chandrababu Naidu took a U-turn on the English medium issue and now claims that he had introduced it and that Jagan had opposed it when he was in opposition.
Jagan asked the people to give a befitting reply to the detractors of English medium education by questioning them as to which medium of instruction did their children pursue their education.
It asked the State Council of Educational Research and Training to prepare handbooks and material to train teachers in teaching English in government schools.
Speaking to the media after inaugurating the marriage function hall at Annavaram Satyanarayana Swamy temple, he stressed the need for children to be fluent in English so as to advance their career.
Andhra Pradesh Council of Ministers resolved to impose Rs 2 lakh fine and hand out two years jail term to those selling sand above the price fixed by the Government.
They demanded that the medium of education remain in both English and Telugu.
From 2020-21 academic year, English medium will be introduced for classes 1 to 8; in 2021-22, class 9 and in 2022-23, class 10 will switch over.
As part of the reform, the government will include environment, climate change and road safety in the curriculum for school students.
Prof Chimu said there are more students in private schools than in government ones. The government has to stress on Kananda medium schools in the private sector, he added.