The Punjab government on Saturday announced to regularise the services of meritorious school teachers and decided to give a facelift to 160 girls’ senior secondary schools by spending Rs 45 crore.
“Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal approved the regularisation of services of the teachers imparting education in meritorious schools across the state,” a government spokesperson said.
The teachers who are set to benefit from the decision are currently posted in meritorious schools at Jalandhar, Patiala, Amritsar, Ludhiana, Bathinda, SAS Nagar and Talwara (Hoshiarpur). These teachers will be regularised as per rules of Society for Poor and Meritorious Students of Punjab.
Three more such schools are coming up at Gurdaspur, Ferozepur and Sangrur. The academic session in these schools will start from July. The bright students securing 80% or more marks are imparted free education, along with boarding and lodging, in these schools.
Badal also gave the nod for a facelift of 160 senior secondary schools for girls across the state at a cost of Rs 45 crore.
Badal took these decisions while presiding over a review meeting at his residence here.
The chief minister asked the officers to give a major thrust on the construction of classrooms and ultramodern laboratories so that girls could get practical knowledge, along with the study of science subject, in these schools. Badal also asked the officers to ensure that proper transportation facility was provided to girl students so that they were not deprived of education.
Education minister Daljit Singh Cheema informed Badal that a special plan had been conceived to upgrade these 160 schools and it would be implemented in a phased manner.
Badal asked Cheema to make concerted efforts in overcoming shortage of teachers in government schools.
In another decision, the chief minister gave the nod for introducing pre-primary classes in all model and adarsh schools of the state.
Reviewing the progress of Adarsh schools, the chief minister asked the chairperson of Punjab School Education Board to develop these schools on the lines of meritorious schools.