IEP Chandigarh, April 24
After assuming power in the state, the Punjab government led by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann has accorded special attention to provide the qualitative education and health facilities. Under this initiative, the Punjab School Education Department has raised its bar to make students ready for cut-throat competition of contemporary world. Speaking about this, a spokesman of the Punjab government said that while funds of more than 228 crores have been released by the state government for construction of buildings and other functions of government schools from April 1, 2022 till date along with monetary support for purchase of necessary equipments for schools. The spokesperson added that the state government has also decided to build 117 Schools of Eminence in the state . The state government has already issued a notification to regular the services of 8736 employees who were serving on contractual basis since long and a portal has also been initiated for necessary requirements. The Spokesperson further stated that following the lines of secularism, the State Government has decided to rename the schools, which have been named after caste and community. Similarly, the state government has determined to rename these schools after Freedom Fighters and Martyrs so that our younger generations could take inspiration from these national heroes. He said that in a first time that a Parents-Teacher Meeting was held in government schools in which more than 15 lakh parents participated. Chief Minister, Ministers, MLAs, Deputy Commissioners and all Divisional Magistrates of the state also attended the Parents-Teacher Meeting. The Spokesperson said that the Punjab Government has changed the structure of the district level team so that proper assessment of government schools could be done. Apart from this, in order to meet the shortage of teachers in proportion to the number of children, recruitment process is being conducted constantly; at the same time the teachers. He also informed that teachers deputed as BM/DM are also being reverted back to the schools for 100 percent success of this mission. The spokesperson said that the International Education Affairs Cell (International Education Affairs Cell) has been established to provide global level training to school education administrators, school heads and teachers working in the Education Department. Till now 66 school education administrators, school heads and teachers get training from Singapore. Along with this, by starting the Business Blaster Young Entrepreneur Pilot Project, students of 11th and 12th standard of government schools have been given an opportunity to realize their dreams of entrepreneur. He said that with the necessary amendments in the transfer policy for teachers working in government schools, they were being transferred near to their homes so that they could fulfil their family responsibilities accordingly. The Spokesperson further added that ‘Partnership Cells’ have also been established in Office of Director State Education Research and Training Council in order to develop synergy with Non Government Organisations.