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Punjab imparts quality education in rural areas
A budget of Rs 63.42 crore has been allocated to improve the education system in the state. Under this scheme, all children within the age group of six to fourteen will have access to basic education, improved infrastructure and qualified staff

Chandigarh: Reiterating its commitment to provide basic education to every child, The Punjab Education Department announced that every child in the age-group of 6 to 14 years would have a school in his/her neighbourhood at a walking distance within three years.

The government is already in the process of building 21 new model schools in the rural areas and in educationally backward blocks at a cost of Rs 63.42 crore. Similarly, as many as 21 new women hostels will be constructed in these backward blocks in the coming months.

“We have drafted a visionary plan for revamping education system with a special focus to bring all children to schools. The officials concerned have already started working on these projects and we would ensure that within three years, every child aged 6 to 14 years has a school in his/her neighbourhood," Punjab Education Minister Upinderjit Kaur said here on Monday.

She added out of 66,000 children, who were out of school, the education department has been able to admit about 33,000 children into the schools this academic year. “The remaining children who were not able to attend the schools due to their domestic compulsions would be persuaded to take admissions in the remedial centres being run by the Sarv Sikhsha Abhiyan,” she stated.

Talking about the Right to Education (RTE) Act, the Education Minister said, “We are finalising the infrastructural and financial requirements for implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act in government schools. Accordingly, we will place our financial requirements before the government. That exercise is on and it will be finalised in a month.”

Kaur said her department was committed to make revolutionary changes in imparting quality education using state-of-the-art teaching methods and facilities so that Punjabi students could complete at all levels. All government schools in the state would be fully equipped with requisite staff and infrastructure in science, information technology and commerce streams in the next six months. During the last few months we have spent nearly Rs 650 crore on the upgrade of government schools in the state, Kaur said.

 

Source: igovernment