“We have always believed that a merit based society is one whose foundations rest on education and equal opportunities to education. We shall come out with a New Education Policy very soon”, Manpreet Badal said.
This Government is fully committed to improve the quality of education and in that direction various initiatives are being taken. One of the reasons for poor quality of education among the schools is the lack of involvement of community particularly the academia, intellectuals or NRIs.
Under the scheme PADHO PUNJAB PADHAO PUNJAB the community participation and particularly of NRIs shall be encouraged and facilitated. The Department of School Education will coordinate the efforts with all such people.
The state would make all the efforts to enhance the quality of education by implementing various activities in the schools and also provide free text books and uniforms.
In this era of Information Technology, it has become essential that our children going to Government schools are not deprived of these facilities. This is the time to introduce computer education in the primary schools of the State as well. During the current year, we have provided a budget of `10 crore to provide computers in the Government Primary schools.
Inadequate quality of Teaching Boards (blackboards) is one of the reasons that the teachers find it difficult to teach the students. This inadequacy has been duly taken care of in this budget. Under the scheme, Green Boards shall be provided in all Government Primary schools. I propose an allocation of `5.25 crore in this regard.
There is no dearth of quality and well trained teachers in Punjab. However, good performing schools need motivation and recognition. Realizing this, the State Government has felt the need to honour the Best Primary Schools, Middle Schools, High Schools and Sr. Secondary Schools. For this purpose, an award has been instituted for best Government Primary school in each block (216), one each for best Government Middle School, High School and Sr. Secondary School in each district. An outlay of `9.27 crore has been provided in the budget for this purpose.
Apart from school education, we also propose to put our focus on Higher education. Today, we also face extreme constraint on our resources. Nonetheless, I propose to enhance the grant to Panjab University from the existing 26 crore to 33 crore in 2017-18. Our Government has also decided to provide free internet connectivity in all the 48 Government Colleges.Government has also decided to set up 5 new degree Colleges in the educationally backward areas of the State.
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