PNS | Vijayawada
Reiterating his commitment to serving the State, Jana Sena chief K Pawan Kalyan has made it clear that the progress of Andhra Pradesh and the well-being of its people are paramount to him, even more so than the coveted Chief Minister’s post.
Addressing party leaders and activists at the State office in Mangalagiri on Friday, Pawan Kalyan stressed that his primary focus is on the State’s development rather than his own aspirations for the Chief Minister’s role. At the same time, he clarified that he is not opposed to holding the position of Chief Minister.
“I have never shown any reluctance regarding the Chief Minister’s post. However, our utmost priority is the future of our people and the advancement of our State. We should all work collaboratively to secure victory for the JSP-TDP alliance in the upcoming elections,” Pawan Kalyan stated. He recalled that JSP, which began with 150 active members, has now grown to a formidable force of 6.5 lakh members.
Pawan Kalyan criticised the government’s expenditure on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), questioning the necessity of such substantial funding for English language proficiency. He demanded that the government provide clarification for this expenditure.
“If the JSP-TDP alliance is entrusted with power, we will focus on uncovering and addressing the corruption and scams within the education sector during the current YSRCP regime. Those found guilty of corruption in education will face legal consequences,” Pawan Kalyan cautioned.
He alleged that contracts for various educational assignments were awarded to struggling companies and expressed his concern over the embarrassment caused to students by the proposed introduction of TOEFL. Pawan Kalyan expressed bewilderment regarding the introduction of TOEFL testing for students in the 3rd to 5th grades, stating, “TOEFL is more relevant for students seeking higher education in America.”
Pawan Kalyan also questioned the English-speaking abilities of the education minister, Botsa Satyanarayana, and the rationale behind his appointment. He pointed out that there are numerous free resources available on YouTube for learning spoken English in various accents, rendering the massive expenditure unnecessary. Pawan Kalyan raised further doubts regarding the implementation of TOEFL in all schools, estimating an annual cost of Rs 1,200 crore for teacher training and expressing concerns about potential corruption in the process. He urged the government to address these doubts and provide clear information on the matter.