Education minister Daljit Singh Cheema on Sunday said that pre-primary classes will start in Punjab government schools soon. The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) has also given its approval for the suggestion, he said.
Cheema was in the city during a scholarship distribution function where more than 1,700 government school students were awarded scholarships.
As of now, the government schools start from Class 1.
Notably, the absence of pre-primary classes in government schools is already helping private schools to thrive more.
It has given an advantage to the private schools to flourish as parents are left with no option but to send their kids to these schools that regularly hike their fees at their own will.
On an average, a private school takes annual fees of around a lakh from pre-primary classes. Private schools take money in the name of charges such as tuition fee, admission fee, prospectus fee, uniform charges, funds, stationary etc.
Interestingly, the age limit for a student to get admission in the government school is six years while the private schools admit the children from age three.
There are only a few model schools in the state where pre-primary classes are run by the government. In Jalandhar, there is a single junior model government school where the pre-primary class is being run that has a strength of around 25 students.
Earlier, while talking to HT, Cheema had said that he had raised the issue to start pre-primary classes in the government schools at the national level during the meeting of the central board of advisory education.