The Punjab government will recruit 32,000 teachers to fill up the backlog of vacancies in the state's schools.
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday instructed education and finance department officials to work out modalities for filling up the vacancies.
Badal lamented that the previous Congress government had paid no heed to improving the state's education base.
"Due to wrong policies of the then government, most schools are without teachers. Some schools have not seen a teacher in the last five years. This must be changed," Badal told a meeting of the Punjab education development board here.
He asked officials to make plans to check the dropout level in schools.
Badal also directed the chief secretary to put up a proposal for setting up 144 'adarsh' (model) schools in various blocks of Punjab. NGOs and NRIs would be roped in for the new scheme, he said.