Punjab accords priority to education sector
She said one of the most important initiatives of the pre-primary classes have been started from November 14, 2017 and around 1.60 lakh students of age group three-six years have been enrolled in pre-primary sections. Besides this, separate cadre of Education Administrators and teachers for border districts has been created through the revised service rules which have been approved by Council of Ministers. There will be six posts of DEO's (EE) and six posts of DEO's(SE) in the border districts. Teachers in the border area cadre will seek promotions only within districts. Regarding another significant measure, the Minister divulged that the 'Padho Punjab-Padhao Punjab' programme aimed at the enhancement of learning outcomes of students at pre-primary, primary and middle levels was started in August, 2017 and to ensure its success, training of teachers was carried out. The baseline and mid-term evaluations have revealed that learning levels of primary children have enhanced by around 40 per cent in the subjects of Maths, Punjabi and English.
Coming to the aspect of recruitment, she said 1,645 teachers have been recruited in the Art and Craft, ETT and Master Cadre apart from which the process to recruit additional 3,582 Masters cadre teachers would be completed shortly. She also said the services of 1,800 teachers have been regularised and compassionate appointments have been given to 174 people.
Ms Chaudhary said to end the stagnation in promotions, eight teachers from Principal Cadre to Deputy Directors, 551 from Promotions to Principal Cadre, 23 from Masters to Head Master Cadre, 725 from JBT/ETT to Master Cadre and 101 from Centre Head Teachers to BPEOs have been promoted. Besides this, a mobile based Low Cost Biometric Attendance system has been started in District Fatehgarh Sahib & Mohali as Pilot Project. A proposal for biometric attendance system for all the government schools in all the districts as well as education offices has been formulated and submitted to finance department for consideration for 2018-19. Among other measures are included the School Grading and Best School Award in which one primary school in every block and one middle, high and senior secondary school in each district will be selected for best school award and for which cash award of Rs two lakh for primary, Rs five lakh for middle, Rs 7.5 lakh for high and Rs 10 lakh for senior secondary will be given at the end of academic session, promotion of Sports as per which for the first time the department organized state level sports competitions for students at Primary level during the academic year 2017-18. An MoU is being signed with Service Provider(s) to provide free internet along with wifi to all government schools for 10 years. The facility of free Internet will begin from March 31, 2018. Also, Green boards and furniture for Primary schools, Computerization of Primary Schools, Additional Classrooms for Primary, Middle, High and Senior Secondary Schools and Drinking Water RO system for schools under RIDF XXIII are other positive steps undertaken.
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