AMARAVATI: After an extended break, partly because of the COVID-19 outbreak, schools in Andhra Pradesh are ready to reopen from August 3. On Tuesday, Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy directed departmental officers to finish the primary phase of development works in schools by July-end, in order that schools are able to get reopened on August 3.
During the course of a video conference, the Chief Minister instructed all the district collectors to play an active role and evaluate the daily progress of the works completed under the scheme.
Additionally, he asked the officials ensure there's no shortage of supply for sand and cement for the repair works in schools.
In the first phase, nearly 15,715 schools will get a makeover with a revolving budget of Rs 456 crore. Overall, nine development works, including the school infrastructure and basic facilities, are to be taken up under the 'Nadu-Nedu' scheme.
The government intends to time the launch of the ''Jagananna Vidya Kanuka'' scheme with the schools'' reopening on August 3. Under the scheme, school kits containing school uniforms, books, shoes and socks are going to be distributed among 36,10,000 students of the state.
Schools in Andhra Pradesh were initially closed from March 19 to March 31, because of the emerging COVID-19 situation. But since the situation worsened, and an extended national lockdown was initiated, schools have remained closed since. The closure also coincided partly with school annual summer vacations within the state. Normally, the faculties in Andhra Pradesh reopen each year on June 12 after summer vacations end.