November 9, 2020.
TED NewsDesk, Chandigarh. Amarinder Singh, the Chief Minister of Punjab, launched ‘Mission Shat Pratishat’ on Saturday for 2020-2021. This mission aims at empowering schools to achieve 100% results despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This launch took place via a virtual event that connected him to teachers, students and also their parents from over 4,000 schools in the state, alongside Ministers, MLAs, officials and non-teaching staff from the schools.
Singh also announced the creation of 8,393 pre-primary school teacher posts adding that they will be filled up soon by the education department, as per the government release. He spoke about the challenges in education due to the COVID 19 situation, adding that the mission aims at further strengthening the digital education infrastructure in schools of Punjab through e-books, EDUSAT lectures, e-content, online classes, broadcast of talks via television and video lectures prepared by teachers.
“The mission will help further boost the standards in government schools, which had witnessed massive improvement in the education quality and performance in the past three years, in line with the state government’s decision to curb all malpractices in board exams,” he said. CM Singh mentioned that the increasing shift of students from private to government schools is one of his government’s most significant achievements. Also, adding that government schools had outperformed private schools in board results for two consecutive years.
He sincerely appreciated and acknowledged the contribution of smart schools to raising educational standards in the state of Punjab, adding that out of the total 19,107 schools in the state, 6,832 are smart schools, to which there shall be an addition of 1,467 more following Sunday. He distributed 2,625 tablets to students in 372 primary government schools. He said that 13,859 projectors would also be provided to remaining schools who aren’t smart as yet so that they grow towards the same. The Chief Minister said that a budgetary provision of Rs.100 crore had been made in 2020 fir digitisation of schools.
Marking the end of the week for Punjab, the CM directed Tript Rajinder Bajwa to draw out a detailed plan for promoting the Punjabi language and reviving the Patiala Central Library, which has been under an acute funds crisis.
Source: Times of India