Chandigarh, June 29, 2020 (Yes Punjab News)
The Shiromani Akali Dal strongly opposed a decision of the Education department to add a clause in Annual confidential report (ACR) of teachers for promotion of English language instead of mother tongue Punjabi. It has demanded immediate intervention from the Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder in the matter and urged him to get the matter investigated and take strong action against officials guilty of working against mother tongue Punjabi.
In a statement released from the party head office here today, the SAD Spokesman and former Education Minister Dr. Daljit Singh Cheema said that it is shocking to learn that Education department has decided to add a clause in ACR at point no 10 which says that teacher who will teach English to 10 percent students of their class, will get five marks for the same. He said that it means that the government is too eager to stop teaching Punjabi that it will honour such teachers who will do this and those who will teach Punjabi will get punished.
He said that not only this alone, the government has decided to stop teaching mathematics in Punjabi from Class Ist and the books of the mathematics will now get published in English language instead of Punjabi. He said that this means that those who will pass matriculation from government schools will not be able to count 1 to 100 in Punjabi.
He said that it is shocking to note that higher officials of the Education department as well as of the Punjab School Education Board are taking such decision which are hurting mother tongue Punjabi. He said that who has given authority to such officers to take decisions which are against language of the state ? He said that the government must answer this question. He said that if the government has different approach towards language of the state then a discussion on this should be first taken up in Punjab Vidhan Sabha.
The SAD leader said that the day when this Capt. Amarinder Singh led Congress government took charge, importance of Punjabi is being negated day by day. He said that even in the Punjab government offices English is getting preferential treatment and in Punjab Assembly too official work is being done in English instead of Punjabi. He also disclosed that the Punjab Wakq board has also done away with knowledge of Punjabi compulsory upto class 10th for recruitment of its staff.
Dr. Cheema urged the Chief Minister that keeping in view all these facts on unfortunate and anti Punjabi decision taken by the Education department, he should get his matter probed at the highest level and those guilty of working against Punjabi should be given exemplary punishment.
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