Visakhapatnam: As part of the New Education Policy-2020 (NEP) guidelines, two Kendriya Vidyalayas (KV) in Telugu states have been selected to conduct Balvatika classes (pre-school) on a pilot basis to children between the ages of three and six .
The schools are KV NAD in Visakhapatnam for Andhra Pradesh and KV-2 Golconda in Hyderabad for Telangana.
Even after the split of the united AP, the KV education system was indivisible. KV NAD Headmaster Adiseshu Sharma said that while there were 72 KVs in the two Telugu states, only two were eligible to lead the Balvatika Kindergarten classes.
Sharma told Deccan Chronicle that Balvatika is a newly developed system to have a new educational curriculum according to the guidelines and framework under NEP-2020.
“We have opened both offline and online applications to run Balvatika. About 308 offline applications have been sold so far. The last date to submit the application is October 10. We are also new to this system and our heads in New Delhi are keeping us informed every step of the way,” added Sharma.
Continuing with Balvatika, Sharma said that children who are three to four years old on March 31, 2022 are eligible for Balvatika-I, children between the ages of 4 and 5 are eligible for Balvatika-II, and children between the ages of five and six are eligible for Balvatika-III.
NEP-2020 member of the central core committee of NEP-2020 and national curriculum framework Prof. dr. TV Kattimani, who is also the vice-chancellor of the Central Tribal University of Andhra Pradesh (CTUAP), said this is a great opportunity for schools, which were chosen for Balvatika.
“I appreciate the schools that have this. Balvatika is a model school for other institutions. It is essential in primary education. It prepares children to do miracles in the future,” Prof. Kattimani told DC.
On the other hand, AP state Right to Education Forum member Naravaprakasa Rao said the AP government is successfully following NEP 2020 guidelines in its education system. ‘Until now I knew nothing about the Balvatika. Let’s study it now,” Rao added.