Punjab CM virtually inaugurates 1467 smart schools, distributes 2625 tablets in govt primary schools – education
Punjab’s Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh virtually distributed 2,625 tablets to students in 372 government primary schools on Saturday and inaugurated 1,467 smart schools under the ‘Shat Pratishat Mission’.
The Chief Minister launched ‘Mission Shat Pratishat’ (Mission 100 per Envoy) for the 2020-21 academic year to empower schools to achieve 100% results despite the COVID-19 crisis in the state.
At the virtual event, which connected him with teachers, students and their parents from more than 4,000 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 teacher positions and said they will be filled soon by the Department of Education.
Noting the challenges in education in light of the COVID-19 situation, Captain Amarinder Singh said that the Shat Pratishat Mission aimed to strengthen the digital education infrastructure.
“The mission aims to strengthen the digital educational infrastructure through e-books, EDUSAT lectures, electronic content and online classes through the Zoom application, radio channel, broadcast lectures through television, Khan Academy lectures and video lectures prepared by teachers ”, said the Chief Minister.
“This would help further push standards in public schools, which have seen massive improvement in the quality and performance of education over the past three years, in line with the state government’s decision to curb all malpractices in the Board’s exams, ”he added.
The Chief Minister further praised the contribution of smart schools to raising educational standards in Punjab and said that of the total of 19,107 schools in the state, 6,832 were currently Smart Schools, to which another 1,467 were added today.
“A total of 13,859 projectors would also be provided to the remaining schools, in order to turn them into smart schools, and in addition this year a budget provision of Rs 100 million was made for the digitization of schools,” he said.