Chandigarh, April 25, 2022 (Yes Punjab News)
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today thanked Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal for inviting Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Singh Mann to Delhi to brief him about the meritorious school model of Punjab.
In a statement here, senior SAD leader Dr Daljit Singh Cheema said it was however strange that it was only after reaching Delhi that the Punjab chief minister came to know that the Delhi government was following the meritorious school model of Punjab albeit with a few modifications.
Dr Daljit Cheema said the SAD had some time back advised Mr Bhagwant Mann to visit the Meritorious and Adarsh schools established by the erstwhile SAD led government so that the neglect they had suffered during the last five years of Congress rule could be corrected. “Instead of doing this and building on the platform created by former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal which had taken Punjab to the number two slot in the national survey on school education, Mr Mann decided to blindly follow other models.
It is good that he has finally been told by his own party government that the Punjab model of school education is the best and is being emulated in Delhi. Now Mr Mann should return back quickly to Punjab and see the model first hand by visiting Meritorious and Adarsh schools and fix the problems being faced by them including that of non-release of funds and provision of adequate staff”.
Dr Daljit Cheema while asking the chief minister to also take his officers to the Meritorious and Adarsh schools to understand the philosophy behind their establishment, said Mr Mann would then get an idea of the quality education initiative of the erstwhile SAD led government which has now spread to other States.
He said simultaneously efforts should also be made to expand this concept under which deserving students were given free education along with hostel facilities at ten locations in the State.
He said under the Adarsh school concept the industry was roped in to provide top quality education to free and intelligent students hailing from rural areas free of cost. “Both initiatives were aimed at giving a push to rural students from underprivileged sections of society to compete with the best in India and the world, Dr Cheema added.