The Punjab education department on Wednesday finalised a major re-training programme for more than 1 lakh government school teachers to prepare them for the emerging challenges of the cyber age, besides equipping them with new educational tools, a government spokesperson said.
The programme was finalised at a meeting of the state advisory committee of the education department, presided over by education minister Dr Daljit Singh Cheema.
Focusing on the re-training of teachers to keep pace with modern-day requirements, the minister said it was a matter of great regret that some teachers had not got any training even after service of 20 to 30 years.
"If Punjab has to keep pace with developing economies such as the US, Canada and Australia, it will have to focus on re-training its teachers with new educational tools," Cheema said.
He asked the department to finalise a training schedule for more than 1 lakh teachers in a phased manner, besides ensuring that normal teaching work of students, especially in rural areas, did not suffer.