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Amarinder sends strong message, orders PSEB chairman to resign for poor Class X results
Pinning the responsibility for the shockingly poor Class X Board exam results on the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB), Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday ordered the department chairman to resign, paving the way for a major overhauling of the school education system in the state.
The Chief Minister’s directive was communicated to PSEB chairman Balbir Singh Dhol by Education Minister, Aruna Chaudhry, who obtained the resignation, which was immediately accepted, an official spokesperson disclosed.
The interim charge of the PSEB has been handed over to ACS (School Education) and a Search Committee has been ordered to be set up to find a new chairperson in the next 30 days, the spokesperson added. The Committee will consist of Chief Secretary, Punjab, as chairman, and ACS (School Education) & Vice-Chancellor (Punjab University, Chandigarh) as members.
The shake-up in PSEB came two days after the Chief Minister sought a report from the Education Minister on the atrociously poor Class X results in the state. The Chief Minister, the spokesperson further said, has sent out a strong message that nobody would be allowed to play with the future of the children of Punjab.
Pointing out that Capt Amarinder had taken serious view of the poor Class X Board exam results, the spokesperson said the Chief Minister has made it clear that he would not tolerate any further laxity in the matter of improving upgrading the school education system.
Highly disturbed at the deteriorating standards of education in Punjab, the CM has ordered all concerned officials and departments to create a detailed roadmap for bringing the education system in the state on track. He has also directed Education Minister Aruna Choudhary to prepare a blueprint for raising the standards of education in the state.
In the wake of the appalling results, the Chief Minister had also directed the Finance Department to make available all necessary funds to the Education Department for undertaking urgent measures to improve the quality of education and infrastructure in government schools, according to an official spokesperson.
Besides education quality, the Chief Minister had directed immediate and proactive steps for infrastructure upgradation, and provision of basic amenities and facilities in all government schools in order to prepare students to meet the high standards of the competitive educational environment prevailing in the country today.
Education Minister Lauds But CM Dismayed by Class X Results
Taking an extremely serious view of the poor Class X Board exam results, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has issued strict instructions to the Education Minister to prepare a blueprint for raising the standards of education in the state.
It may be recalled here that yesterday when the results were declared, the Education Minister Punjab, Aruna Chaudhary lauded the students placed in merit and those passing matriculation examination with flying colours but did not comment on poor results.
Now, the Chief Minister has directed the Finance Department to make available all necessary funds to the Education Department for undertaking urgent measures to improve the quality of education and infrastructure in government schools, according to an official spokesperson.
The Chief Minister spoke to Aruna Chaudhary on Tuesday morning to express dismay over the shocking 15-point dip in students’ performance in the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) Class X exam, which over 40% of the students have failed. He directed the minister to personally work on an agenda to raise the bar of education in the state in order to equip Punjab students to compete in the market for jobs and career progression.
The Chief Minister said he was very disturbed at the deteriorating standards of education in Punjab, as a result of which "our children are falling by the wayside in the race for good jobs and professional career growth, with most of them even failing to clear the necessary exams for getting into the armed forces.”
The fact that only 24 students from government schools had made it to the merit list was a serious cause for concern, said the Chief Minister, pinning the liability for the poor performance on the Education Department, which is responsible for maintaining the standards of government schools, as well as the overall quality of education in the state.
The Chief Minister had earlier ordered several sweeping policy changes to raise the bar of education in Punjab. At a review meeting of the Education Department earlier this month, he had approved a policy for online transfer of government teachers from the next academic session, on the lines of a similar system existing in several other states, including neighbouring Haryana.
After the appalling performance of the students in the Class X Boards, Captain Amarinder has now asked the concerned officials to expedite the process of working out the necessary modalities for taking the improvement agenda forward on a war footing. He reiterated his earlier directives on inclusion of foreign languages in the school curriculum to enable gainful employment of students not just within the country but globally too. He has also once again stressed the importance of upgradation of English teaching in schools to empower students to meet global communication needs.
Punjab-origin boy wins third position in Spelling Bee of Canada Championship
Praneet Singh Arora of Khalsa School Newton, Surrey has secured the third position in the Spelling Bee of Canada Championship 2017 in the Intermediate category (12-14 years).
Around 170 students from different provinces participated in the Championship on May 7 in Toronto. There were around 50 students in Intermediate category.
Sharing his secret of success, Praneet Singh told he used to practice daily with his father and used dictionaries for this purpose.
Praneet Singh topped British Columbia regionals competition and went on to win third prize at national level.
Jagir Kaur, Principal, Khalsa School, Newton, Surrey gave the credit to his hard work and commitment for winning the tough battle of words. She shared that Praneet Singh won the regional championship after giving correct answers of around 100 words and clearing 62 rounds.
Praneet Singh’s parents supported and motivated him since he told them about his desire to take part in the competition. They gave the credit of his success to his teachers for all their support and guidance. They said that with his dedication, next time he will definitely secure the first position.
In 2016, Praneet Singh participated in Spelling Bee for the first time and secured 3rd position in BC Regionals.
Reading, playing chess and table tennis are his hobbies. He was born in India where he became the provincial chess champion at the age of 6. He migrated to Canada at the age of 7 with his parents. Besides reading and playing, he also takes training of Kirtan from Dr. Mohinderpal Singh.
It is commendable that a migrant from Punjab, having Punjabi as his mother tongue, has been able to not only effectively adjust in another country, but he also excelled in its language and has been able to win over the natives too.
Captain issues orders for infrastucture development, WIFI facility in Govt. Schools
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 several other states, including neighbouring Haryana.
The decision, taken by the Chief Minister at an Education Department review meeting here, will facilitate transfer of school teachers, while making the process more transparent, according to an official spokesperson. The Chief Minister directed the Additional Chief Secretary (School Education) to discuss the modalities of the new transfer policy, which will categorize the schools into five zones, with his Principal Secretary. Chief Minister also suggested posting of teachers, especially in primary schools, in their villages or surrounding areas to enable them to discharged their duties with dedication and honesty.
The Chief Minister further asked the Principal Secretary Finance to make a special provision in the forthcoming budget to ensure proper infrastructure in terms of electricity, furniture, toilets and playgrounds for the students in all government schools in the state. He directed the Additional Chief Secretary (School Education) to work out the estimated expenditure for raising the necessary demand with the Finance department in this regard.
In another directive, Amarinder asked the 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. He directed the officials to work out the modalities for the installation of Wi-Fi hotspots in computer labs for the benefit of students in government schools.
At the meeting, the Captain also directed the inclusion of foreign languages as optional subject in the school curriculum from class X 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.
Expressing concern over the deteriorating standards of English teaching in schools, Captain Amarinder asked the English departments of the three state universities to prepare master trainers who could further train other English teachers from the primary to the higher secondary level to impart quality education to students. This, he said, would help improve the standard of English teaching and learning in the state, empowering the students to meet global communication needs.
He also suggested introduction of pre-nursery and nursery classes in government schools, on the Haryana pattern, to enable the development of learning skills, especially English, among the tiny tots and empower them for onward education.
Expressing dismay over the low intake of Punjabi youth in the armed forces on all India basis due to their poor academic performance, Captain underlined the need to raise the level of education in the state on priority.
He also directed Additional Chief Secretary (School Education) to sort out the issue of six problematic Model Schools being run in Public Private Partnership mode by the FCS Software Solutions before the start of next academic session on priority.
Prominent amongst those who attended the meeting were Education Minister Aruna Chaudhary, Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh, Additional Chief Secretary (School Education) G. Vajralingam, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Tejveer Singh, Media Advisor to Chief Minister Raveen Thukral, Principal Secretary Finance Anirudh Tiwari and Director General School Education Pardeep Sabharwal.
Punjab govt. withdraws dress code for female teachers banning ‘indecent’ clothing
Facing flak for its order directing female teachers not to wear "jeans, tops and bright suits", the Punjab government today withdrew the directive while suspending two employees of the education department in this regard.
The state education department had yesterday, in an order, imposed the dress code on government school teachers, especially females, asking them not to wear jeans, tops and bright suits as the outfits have a "bad" effect on students.
Taking swift action after the furore by teachers across the State after orders were issued by the State education department on Monday, Punjab Education Minister Aruna Chaudhary on Tuesday suspended two department officials with immediate effect.
She said that deputy director Amrish Shukla and assistant director Amarbir Singh have been suspended for issuing these instructions without the knowledge of senior officials.
"These instructions reflect an old mindset and I do not agree with them. How to dress and what girls or ladies should wear is not done, we are encouraging girls to do their best in their respective fields and this defeats the whole purpose,” Aruna Chaudhary said.
Punjab Education minister Chaudhary said the letter has been withdrawn and clarified that any affront to the dignity of the nation’s teaching community would not be tolerated. She further said that such a mindset needs to be condemned in this age of women empowerment.
The instructions issued by director public instructions (secondary education) Sukhdev Singh Kahlon had asked all district education officers and school principals to ensure that teachers wear "decent” clothes to schools.
"Sarkari schoolan vich adhyapakaan duara, khas taur te ladies adhyapakaan duara, bhadkeele pehnawe pa ke apni duty keeti jaandi hai. Kai ladies teachers duara jeans-top te kai tarah de uksaau, fashionable dress pehen ke school duty keeti jaandi hai... jis da vidyarthiyan ’te asar penda hai (Teachers, particularly female teachers, wear bright/glittery clothes on duty in government schools. Many female teachers wear jeans and top, and many types of provocative and fashionable clothes on duty.....which has an effect on the students,” read the instructions.
According to HT, Shukla said he had heard that the government was initiating action against them, denying any fault or intention to embarrass it. "Someone had complained to the chief minister in writing regarding teachers not coming to schools dressed properly. The complaint letter was marked to the department. There were already instructions sent to the districts on this in 2012 and endorsed in 2014. The instructions were simply reiterated. There was probably an oversight. We should have checked with the government,” he said.
After issuing the order, Amarbir Singh had told The Indian Express that "jeans and tops are indecent and not part of Punjabi culture”. "They can wear suits, but there has to be a proper dupatta,” he said. "Even saris are okay, but not jeans and tops. Teachers are role models for children and they have to wear something which keeps the body completely covered.”