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Political parties demand English as teaching medium in Punjab govt schools

first_imgIn their bid to lessen the gap between students of private schools and those of government schools, the political parties in Punjab on Thursday, March 17, pitched for introducing English as the medium of teaching in the schools run by the state.According to PTI, after State Minister Daljit Singh Cheema moved a resolution in the Assembly on education, Leader of Opposition Charanjit Singh Channi said that government schools were in a “pitiable” condition with several of them running without principals.The Congress leader said that only students from poor families were taking admissions in the government schools. The standard of education in these schools is bad and many of them are closing down.”A huge gap is being created between the wards of rich and poor in the state. While English is the medium of instruction in private schools, in government schools it is Punjabi.”As far as education is concerned, all should get equal opportunity. Making English as the medium of instruction in government schools will help students to compete globally and in the development of the state,” Channi said.Alleging that none of the private schools in Punjab was following the RTE Act, which was a grave “injustice” to the poor, he said, “The poor can’t afford fees of private institutions. There is a need to set up a regulatory body on this matter.”Channi revealed that around 50,000 children are out of schools in Punjab, 21,000 government schools do not have furniture, and 1,700 schools are without toilets.He also alleged that post-matric scholarships are not reaching Dalit students and there is a “scandal” going on running into crores of rupees.advertisementSAD MLA Pawan Kumar Tinu too emphasized on the need of English becoming the medium of instruction in government schools.Noting that the shortage of 20,000 teachers in government schools must be overcome, he said that schools at villages must be upgraded and it should be compulsory for teachers to “actually take classes” there.”A certain percentage of attendance of students in government schools should be made compulsory for their appearing in examinations,” the SAD MLA said, and also stressed on introducing sports as a mandatory subject.Check: Delhi govt directs private schools to refund excess fees within 15 daysClick here to get more education news.Get latest updates on exam notifications and scholarships across India and abroad here.last_img

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