In a bid to impart quality education to the students studying in government schools at par with private schools, the Punjab Education Department has decided to convert All Government Schools of three smart cities of the State namely Amritsar, Jalandhar and Ludhiana into smart schools.
Disclosing this, Punjab Education Minister Mr. O.P. Soni on Friday announced that amount of approximately Rs 20 crore has been released to DEOs of the three districts for this purpose and work will start shortly.
These schools will be equipped with laptops, multimedia projectors and high-speed internet, so that the teaching and learning process becomes easier and more effective.
He added that besides smart classrooms, the government is also installing rooftop solar power plants in such schools.
He also said that the department took a commendable step to provide free sanitary napkins for girls in Govt Schools and tenders of Rs.10 crore has been allotted for this purpose.
Besides this, Ten Model Schools would be set up in every constituency statewide, in the forthcoming academic year, said he.
Divulging further Mr. Soni said that the tender of Rs 80 crore has also been allotted for uniforms of students and distribution of uniforms will commence in a week.
He said that a total of 2524 government-run schools in the state have been transformed into smart schools so far. The motive of this entire exercise is to streamline the education system by delivering quality education.
Education Minister said that it is a one of the most crucial and important projects of the department, which is aimed at upgrading the education paraphernalia of the state.
He said that this initiative would help in curbing the mushrooming of private school culture. He said that the students emerging out of these smart schools would be able to clear any competitive exams in this cut throat competition era.