Ludhiana: Despite Punjabi being compulsory from Classes I to X in the state, several private schools in the district are ignoring the amended State Language Act, 2008. The schools are not teaching Punjabi from Class 1.
Most of the schools in the city are not following the State Language Act, 2008 and ignoring the mandatory Punjabi language in their schools to be taught to the students. Some of the schools have options to choose Punjabi as a subject and due to the least interest of schools to teach such language, students are also least interested to select Punjabi as a subject.
According to the Punjab State Language Act 1967 and amended in October 22, 2008, students from Classes I to X should study Punjabi form session 2009-10. Any board will not issue Class X certificate to any candidate who has not passed Punjabi as a subject in Class X. Hindi will be compulsory from Class 3. In the case of violation of the Act, schools will be imposed with fine or recognition can be canceled.
A student, on requesting anonymity from Delhi Public School, said, “I am not studying Punjabi as a subject but I know that it’s the mother tongue and has its own important as a subject as well, so it should be taught in the schools.”
Harpreet Singh, parent, said, “Punjabi language should be studied and taught by every school of the city because we are living in Punjab. My child is a 1st standard student but still no leaning Punjabi, neither as a subject nor in speaking. Mother tongue should be compulsory from Class 1.”
District Education Officer (Primary), Gurjot Singh said, “We found six schools in the city that are still violating the amended State Language Act 2008. According to the rules, they should follow the Act. We have sent a report to Director Public Instructions after we surveyed. The further action will be taken by the Punjab government.”
“In this violation, schools may be imposed a fine maximum Rs.2 lakh or recognition can be canceled,” Singh added.
DEO (S), Paramjit Kaur said, “We will re-check those schools that were found violating the State Language Act 2008 and order them to make Punjabi a compulsory subject from class I.”
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