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Addressing a press conference here on Sunday, Mr. Appi Reddy termed the programme an exercise aimed at "wasting public money''. At least Rs 1.25 crores would go down the drain without serving any purpose in Guntur district alone, he pointed out. He sought to know the "designs'' of the Government in choosing the timing of the programme, when the schools were reopened as far back as on June 12. Had the Government been keen on enrolling the dropouts and unenrolled children, it could have completed the exercise during summer vacation, based on the information of the previous academic year.
Mr. Reddy said that the Government should first ascertain the reasons for growing number of dropouts and unenrolled children. Most students were staying away from schools due to financial problems. Without addressing that, it would be humanly impossible for the government to entice all those children towards education.
Most parents were constrained to push their children into the clutches of child labour, though it was banned as per law.
Most of the time, teachers, who were supposed to engage classes, were being deployed for sundry duties like census, voter lists, details of the poor and trainings for taking up such responsibilities. The school children were being used for providing publicity to Janmabhoomi programme.
The government infused politics in school administration by constituting village education committees, he alleged. Mr. Reddy sought to know as to what happened to the colour televisions and other paraphernalia supplied to schools under audio-visual education programme.
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