Punjab education department will conduct a common entrance test (CET) for admissions to its schools for meritorious students, and government school students with above 80% marks in the Class-10 examination will be eligible.
State education minister Daljit Singh Cheema said as the number of students getting the stipulated 80% had gone up considerably, it was decided to hold the test. Schedule for this year’s test will be announced after the Class-10 results.
Also, to add to the seven that exist already, “the government is in the process of setting up three more meritorious schools,” said Cheema.
Besides free residential facilities and coaching for admission to professional courses, government is providing free education to students at these schools.
On the status of a regulatory authority for private schools, the minister said the department had sent a draft proposal regarding it for consideration of the cabinet and hopefully it would be passed in the next cabinet meet after which a notification would be issued. Cheema further said the state would recruit 16,000 teachers soon.
The SAD secretary also lashed out at Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders for “indulging in false, baseless and misleading propaganda”, and added that “nowhere in the state has any scam occurred regarding wheat but they are claiming a Rs 12,000-crore wheat scam”.