In a major development, Punjab Education Department has transformed this challenge into an opportunity during the COVID era. He also lauded teachers for their exceptional work during the unprecedented times.
Krishan Kumar, Secretary, School Education Department said “they have been forced to close schools to maintain social distance, still the department has taken new initiatives in the field of education and it has opened up new avenues during this pandemic.”
He also said that the department adhering to the precautions of the COVID-19, has been accomplishing many tasks with incredible zest, be it ‘Mission Cent Percent’ , ‘Smart Schools’, ‘English Medium’, ‘Each One, Bring One’ , ‘Ghar Baithe Sikhia’, ‘Punjab Achievement Survey’. ” Vidhayak Muqable” to commemorate the 400th Parkash Purb of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur ji, distribution of text books, Mid Day Meal and above all strengthening bond with the parents in particular and society in general to make all the drives into mass movement.
As a result, the change in public perception has visibly been witnessed. The public has started reposing faith in Govt. Schools, which is quite evident from the fact that an increase in enrollment of about 3.45 lakh students has been recorded, out of which more than 1.50 students have shifted from private schools.
Krishan Kumar said that the change in public perception is attributed to the augmentation of infrastructural facilities, quality education and the affectionate care being provided by the dedicated teachers. Now, the challenge before the department is to fulfill the hopes and aspirations of the parents, who have got their wards shifted from the private schools.