The Punjab Government under the leadership of Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh has always accorded top priority status to the educational sector with special emphasis on primary education and the kick-starting of the pre-primary classes throughout the 12,500 government primary schools for children in 3-6 year age group today with fanfare augurs well for the future of the State as well as the nation.Disclosing this while formally launching the pre-primary classes here on Tuesday at the Government Elementry School, Phase-7 named project “KHED MAHAL, the Education Minister, Punjab, Aruna Chaudhary said that today is a red letter day and Punjab has taken the lead in terms of shaping well the future of the nation i.e. children by becoming the first state in the country to take this one of its kind novel initiative heralding a new dawn. The minister further said that this path breaking measure would result in the strengthening of physical, intellectual as well as the creative faculties of the children and by the time they would be of school going age they would be well conversant with the school environment. Throwing light on the various aspects of the project, the minister said that the pre-primary classes timings would be of 3 hours duration, everything would be free of cost and besides this the children have been classified in 3 groups in accordance with which those from 3-4 year age group would be enrolled in Nursery, 4-5 year age group children would study in LKG while those of 5–6 year age group would be studying in UKG standard. Listing the other measures of the Education Department, Chaudhary said that now, the Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) would be held 4 times in a year so as to ensure that every teacher gets a shot at promotion. The minister further elaborated that serious deliberations are going on to form a separate cadre for the border areas in order to fulfill the shortfall of the teachers in those regions.
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