The Fact News Service
Punjab, November 7
Even as he distributed 2625 tablets to students in 372 primary government schools, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday launched Mission Shat Pratishat (Mission 100%) for the year 2020-21 to empower schools to achieve 100% results despite the Covid crisis and also virtually inaugurated another 1467 Smart Schools in the state.
At the virtual event, which connected him to teachers, students and their parents from more than 4000 schools and Ministers, MLAs, officials and non-teaching staff through WebEx, Facebook and YouTube, the Chief Minister also announced the creation of 8393 pre-primary school teachers posts and said the same would be filled up soon by the Education Department. Pointing out that as many as 14,064 contractual teachers had been regularized by his government, he listed out various measures undertaken for the welfare of the teaching staff. Captain Amarinder disclosed that self-defence training was being given to female physical education teachers below the age of 50 to equip them to provide Karate Training to all girls studying in govt. schools.
To mark the conclusion of the Punjabi Week today, the Chief Minister directed Minister Tript Bajwa to draw out a detailed plan for the promotion of the Punjabi language and revival of the Patiala Central Library, which was facing an acute funds shortage. Pointing out that Punjabi became the official language in Patiala in 1940, replacing Farsi, he recalled Patiala’s long-standing relationship with Punjabi. Maharaja Bhupinder Singh had made the first Punjabi typewriter in 1938, he noted.
Captain Amarinder also observed that Punjabi had been named an official language in Canada and UK, where a large number of Punjabis were settled, thus giving global recognition to the language. Punjabi should live and grow in the hearts and minds of every Punjab, he said, while stressing the importance of English and other foreign languages to enable students to compete globally. He disclosed that more than 3.7 lakh students had opted for English medium in government schools.