The Punjab government on Monday released Rs 162 crore for upgrade of various government schools and construction works in others to strengthen infrastructure.
Punjab education minister Daljit Singh Cheema made the announcement during a high-level meeting to review important projects of the education department.
Under the education department’s development plan, Cheema said, 44 middle schools will be upgraded to high school, and libraries will be constructed in 132 government schools. The minister said 2,370 new rooms will also be built in various schools.
Directing officials to stick to the deadline for the projects without compromising on the quality of work, the minister reiterated that the state government was committed to providing modern infrastructure in government schools.
Teachers eligibility Test
Cheema also reviewed the Punjab state teachers eligibility test (TET) and said it would be conducted at 330 centres. Nearly 1.76 lakh candidates will be taking the test, which will be conducted in two phases —TET-1 and TET-2, the minister said.
The minister added that he will also be taking stock of the security arrangements for the test through video conferencing with SSPs and DCs.
Test for Class 5,8
The government has also decided to go ahead with conducting an evaluation examination for students of Classes 5 and 8.
Cheema said all the arrangements had been put in place for conducting the first-time initiative, which will be held under the aegis of state council for education research and teaching (SCERT) in February-March.
The meeting on Monday also reviewed the teachers training programme. Cheema said the education department provided training to about 400 master trainers, who will in turn train teachers in their respective districts.
The 5-day training of the first batch of 3,000 teachers had been completed successfully, the minister said, adding that the purpose of the programme was to make teachers aware of the new trends emerging in teaching methodology.