The Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Tuesday held a meeting with government school principals and sought input from them on raising the bar for school education. He also launched an online portal to get ideas and suggestions from teachers and bring ‘out-of-the-box’ reforms in education. He urged teachers to submit their ideas online via the portal to help change the conventional education system and make it paperless, digitally empowered, etc., as per an official release. The Chief Minister further said that people have lost faith in the current education system and that even though there is no doubt regarding government teachers’ abilities, people’s trust needs to be rebuilt in the government education system which can be attained only with people’s support.
He added that the state government will provide full support to teachers to make the present education system viable, and more relevant to everyday life, and also said that a special focus will be given to education instead of emphasizing high percentage.
Praising the Delhi government regarding growth in the Delhi education sector, he remarked that more than 4 lakh students have moved to government schools from private schools. He added that 450 students from Delhi get admission to prestigious institutions like the IIT annually, while adding that the Delhi government has set up 10,000 rooms in government schools. He further announced, “To take our education to the next level, our teachers will be sent on educational tours to Delhi schools and even abroad for education training in batches to countries like Singapore, Switzerland, Finland and institutes like Harvard and Oxford on government expenses.”