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Stating that mothers of children studying from Classes 9 to 12 will have the option of taking a laptop in place of Amma Vodi incentive from next year onwards, Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy on Monday launched the scheme for the coming academic year in Nellore.

Speaking on the occasion, Jagan said that in order to enhance the computer skills of students studying in government schools and provide feasibility for online classes, the State government has introduced this option. All the laptops will be offered with a warranty of three years. “These laptops will have 4 GB RAM, a 500 GB hard disk with Windows 10 OS features costing around Rs 25,000 to Rs 27,000. In addition to this, students in government schools will have a computer literacy program from Class 8 onwards, which is part of their curriculum,” the Chief Minister said.

He said that the Internet will be provided in every village in the next three years, through underground cables being laid at an estimated cost of Rs 5,900 crore. Also, from February 1, all the 55,607 anganwadis will be changed as YSR Pre-Primary1, YSR Pre-Primary-2, and YSR Pre-First class in which English will be the medium of instruction. For this initiative, the government will be spending Rs 4,000 crore.

Besides these, the Chief Minister said that the parents will be sent a text alert if their child doesn’t attend school for a single day, and if the child is still absent on the third day, village volunteers will be sent home to enquire about his or her health and the reason for the absence. Jagan said that it was the responsibility of the parents to send their children to schools and the responsibility of secretariat staff, volunteers, parent committees, and teachers to ensure that children attend classes regularly.

He asserted that the government aims to make the State 100 percent literate in the next three years. On education alone, the government spent Rs 24,000 crore in a span of 19 months, Jagan said, adding that the previous TDP government had closed several schools, allowed state-run schools to decay to the point of dilapidation, and left midday meal bills of over eight months pending.

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