800 government primary schools: The Punjab School Education Board has taken decision to merge 800 government primary schools in the State, which have less than 20 students, with the adjoining schools.In a communication to all the District Education Officers in the State, Director Education Department (Elementary) has ordered to merge the schools with less than 20 students with the adjoining schools within a week’s time.The move to close down 800 schools is due to the low admission of students to even less than 20 students, the teaching staff of which will be utilized where there is a shortage of staff. With these arrangements, as many as 1600 teachers would be spared.The official said the whole process to be completed by October 25. As per the information, 30 Govt. Primary Schools in SAS Nagar, 30 in Amritsar, 133 in Gurdaspur – the constituency represented by Education Minister, Aruna Choudhary, 71 in Roopnagar, 140 in Hoshiarpur, 52 in Pathankot, 50 in Patiala, 54 in Jalandhar, 41 each in Kapurthala and Fatehgarh Sahib, 39 in Ludhiana, 34 in Nawanshehar SBS Nagar, 22 in Ferozepur, 9 in Tarn Taran, 8 in Fazilka, 7 in Moga, 5 in Faridkot, 4 in Mansa, 3 each in Barnala and Bhatinda and one in Muktsar district.
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