A move which will surely make the whole nation proud, the Punjab Government has decided to offer free education to girl child starting from Nursery up until Ph.D. level. The Captain Amarinder Singh-led government in Punjab has announced their plans of offering free education to girls in Government schools and colleges.
Making the announcement on Monday Capt. Singh said free textbooks will be provided to all students in government schools from the next academic session. Books will also be made available online from where students can download for free.He also said that Nursery and LKG classes will be reintroduced in government schools from next year. Fulfilling another election promise Singh also announced free Wi-FI for 13,000 primary schools and all 48 government colleges.
In Punjab half of the out-of-younger students are young ladies. We ask for the govt. to set up a Girls Education Taskforce that takes measures to counter boundaries keeping our daughters from going to school.#کم_سے_کم_١٢_جماعتیں pic.twitter.com/sZUn623awh
— سیدہ طوبیٰ علی 🇵🇰 (@blogft_tee) March 8, 2019
Despite limited resources, the Chief Minister said that he plans on giving utmost importance to school education by increasing the budget for the education sector. As part of this plan, there will be five new colleges built in the current year. This is an attempt at bridging the gap between rich people getting all privileges and poor ones being left with limited access to resources.
After announcing free education for girls from Nur to PhD in the State of Punjab, India, the state Govt increases budgetary allocation to 21% of the total outlay. #QualityEducation #SDGs #Vision2030 @capt_amarinder @ashokkp pic.twitter.com/VJa1k4bVYh
— Ashok Pandey, FRSA (@SDG4QEducation) May 17, 2018
The government also has plans to offer English as a medium of instruction in government schools. To do this, initially, two schools at all levels from every block will have English medium from July.
It is also noteworthy to mention that the Punjab government has brought in a lot of social welfare schemes including waiving of loans up to 50,000 for the Dalits and economically weaker and underprivileged sections of the population. Adding to that, the economically weaker section of the population would get housing at low cost wherein homeless people will get free houses, according to various reports.
— Bharat Khanna (@BharatKhannaTOI) March 14, 2019
According to the census of India 2011, the literacy rate in Punjab is 75.84% which is better than the national average of 73.0%. The total number of literates in Punjab is 1,87,07,137. The male literacy rate is 80.44% and female literacy rate is 70.73%. The decision is further expected to take these numbers up.
This surely looks like a good decision. The first step in the right direction. Hope they will next pay attention to the quality of education as well.