Vijay Inder Singla, head of Public Works Department and Education Department, announced free education across all government schools. At present, students till class 8 can and girls till 10+2 avail free education in the state. In a bid to improve literary rate, the government has allocated 12, 488 crore—23 percent raise from 2016-17 budgetary allocation– to revolutionize the education sector. Presently, there are 18924 schools under the government.
“Catch them Young” motto aims at the primary education sector the state. The state has left no stone unturned to regularise quality education. in the wake of new amendments, the government has proposed an allowance of 10 crore to provide free transport facilities for students. Once implemented, the state will gain a new impetus to improve its literacy rate that currently stands at 75.84 percent s per 2011 census. Minister Singla also expressed the landmark smart school conversion project as a hallmark of digital education. Smart education through technical support would be pivotal in the free education scheme. Funding is likely to inflow from NGOs and NRIs with an approximately 40 percent from education department.
Punjab Educational Policy Goals
Creation of a holistic learning space
Furnishing technology as a learning aide
Bringing furniture and library books
Constructing toilets and spacious buildings
Punjab’s Model Learning Ventures
Punjab government has previously put efforts in improving education at grassroots level. In 2019, Punjab launched grading 13,000 primary schools on the parameters of infrastructure and hygiene, students’ performance and co-curricular activities. “Padho Punjab Padhao Punjab” sought to improve elementary and higher education, recruitment of trained teachers and revamp learning environment. The project has lead to a marked improvement how children grasp the basic concepts related to studies. Additional inputs from corporate investors to upgrade school facilities are also on the horizon.