He said this policy decision has been taken considering the demand of people living in these difficult areas of the state. He said the strength of school faculty in these areas was 50% less. Cheema said the Punjab government is keen to improve the standards of education in these areas of the state.
The education minister further said keeping in view the alarming dropout rate in government schools of Bathinda, Mansa and Muktsar Sahib districts, the department has ordered the district education officers concerned to conduct a detailed study to find out the reason for such high dropout rate. The committee has been also suggesting measures to improve the dropout rate. It is pertinent to mention here that school dropout rate in Bathinda, Mansa and Muktsar is 8.5%, 8.5% and 9.7%, respectively, far more than the state average of 5%.
Cheema asked the committee consisting of DEOs (elementary and secondary education) to figure out the causes in a detailed report within one month.
Apart from finding the reasons, the education minister asked the committee to come out with recommendations to encourage students to join government schools. He concluded that the SAD-BJP government is committed to improve elementary education and provide better infrastructure in governments of state.