Girls in government institutions in Punjab will now be getting free education from Nursery to PhD after Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh announced it in Vidhan Sabha on Monday. He also announced free textbooks, as well as the introduction of Nursery and LKG classes in government schools from the next academic session. The Punjab government has also announced free Wi-Fi to be provided for 13,000 primary schools and all 48 government colleges.
Punjab has taken this step to encourage poor families to educate their girl child to empower them. Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said on Tuesday that the decision will be implemented from July 1. As for the textbooks, it will be posted online, thus allowing students and parents to download these for free. English medium will be started in at least two primaries, middle, high and senior secondary schools in each educational block from July onwards. The CM expressed concern at the split in the society into haves and have-nots, with children of a favoured few getting good school education and opportunity to study in top institutions and the others being left with poor educational grounding which led to this bold step.
Not only this, the Punjab government will take initiative to review the working of the education department and check if 1.46 lakh girl students of class 11 and 12 are getting free bicycles on 15th August. Badal said, in addition, to helping girl students in going to school, it will encourage a new feeling of empowerment in them.
More than 4000 primary schools in the state where children are forced to sit on mats are set to be equipped with proper furniture. An amount of Rs 60 crores has been approved for this. Badal said that more than 11.92 lakhs primary school students would get relief from this scheme.
This is a welcoming move on part of the Punjab Government which might certainly bring equal opportunities for the students at different levels of the society.
Source: Hindustan Times