Capt Amarinder okays online transfer policy for Punjab govt teachers
Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday approved a policy for online transfer of government teachers from the next academic session, on the lines of a similar system existing in other states, including neighbouring Haryana.
The decision, taken by the CM at an education department review meeting here, will facilitate transfer of schoolteachers, while making the process more transparent, according to an official spokesperson.
The CM directed the additional chief secretary (school education) to discuss the modalities of the new transfer policy, which will categorise schools into five zones. The CM also suggested posting of teachers, especially in primary schools, in their villages or surrounding areas to enable them to discharge their duties with dedication and honesty.
Amarinder asked the principal secretary, finance, to make a special provision in the budget to ensure proper infrastructure in terms of electricity, furniture, toilets and playgrounds for the students in all government schools.
In another directive, the CM asked officials concerned to negotiate the best rates with telecom companies for providing Wi-Fi facility in schools, as promised by the Congress in its poll manifesto.
At the meeting, the CM directed inclusion of foreign languages as optional subject in the school curriculum from Class 10 onwards to enable students to complete globally. He urged the school education department to include languages such as Chinese, Japanese, French and German as optional subjects to enable gainful employment of students not just within the country but globally too.