The syllabus of Classes 1 to 12 in government schools is being revised, as the one now is not up to the mark, education minister Sikander Singh Maluka has said.
A committee is at work to change the curriculum. Maluka talked about it on Sunday after a meeting with the representatives of private unaided schools at BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, here. "The syllabus should be on a par with skill-based academic disciplines in rigour and content. Students will have more background information, case studies, activities and new templates to get better understanding of concepts," said the minister.
Students of Class 11 and 12 will be trained in skills other than commerce, arts, and medical and non-medical science. The idea is to make students capable to earn after three- or six-month vocational course. "I am aware that many government schools still haven't received the supply of textbooks. The delay is from the Punjab School Education Board side. From next year, the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT, Punjab) and the school board will publish textbooks to ensure supply before the academic session.
On a query about that the Punjab government's promoting 106 lecturers on July 24 but failing to allot them stations, he said it would be done by tomorrow (Monday, August 5). Since June, the government schools have received funds for library books but have no direction 2013 on using. The minister said the schools didn't have to wait for directions, as they could use the money to purchase library books from anywhere.
"Our focus is on improving infrastructure in institutions and we have approved Rs 50 crore for it. During visits to government schools over the past few months, I found the condition of washrooms and buildings not up to the mark," said Maluka. "Private schools who have not submitted form-1 to declare that they abide by the Right to Education Act will now be shut. I don't have the figures on how many private schools are defaulters," he added.