Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday asked the state education department to teach foreign languages to students and increase their employment worldwide. Stressing on the need to give opportunity to aspiring students to learn foreign languages as optional subjects in government schools, he asked the school education department to come up with a mechanism to enable students to learn foreign languages like Chinese, Arabic and French.
The Chief Minister said in an official statement that these languages could help improve their employment prospects around the world. “Although Punjabi is our mother tongue and English is already being taught in schools, additional knowledge of foreign languages will help students excel in their careers,” Singh told state school teachers. Sharing his experience about people’s resilience and spirit of doing something new, Singh said that while traveling in Kapurthala district, he saw a signboard showing the way to teach Italian language. “This incident shows that our people, especially the youth, are eager to learn foreign languages to settle abroad and such an initiative by the education department will help them realize their aspirations,” he said.
Drawing on the need to encourage students to consider sports as a character building exercise, the Chief Minister also directed Education Minister Vijay Inder Singla to explore the possibility of developing playgrounds in schools. He said that sports helps in developing a holistic personality of a person, but they also assimilate the leadership qualities of self-discipline and a sense of sport.
Singh also congratulated the teachers and the entire staff of the school education department for making Punjab the number one state in the country in the Performance Grading Index (PGI) 2019-20 released by the Government of India. He said that it is a matter of pride that Punjab has achieved this rare feat, which is the result of the collective efforts of the teachers, their hard work, dedication and dedication. He urged the education department to maintain this position for the next time. He lauded some of the path-breaking initiatives of the education department, including teacher online teacher transfer policy, smart school policy, pre-primary education, digital education and special cadre of teachers working in border areas.
The move has significantly improved the quality of education in Punjab, he said. He also added that the number of registrations has increased by 29 per cent in the last few years. lakh lakh students have shifted from private schools to private schools. The Chief Minister also testified that the parents had reassured the government schools in this regard.
Education Minister Singla assured the Chief Minister that the department would work closely with the digital platform to facilitate foreign language courses online courses so that our students could learn the foreign languages of their choice. Regarding the provision of playgrounds in schools, Singla said that budget has already been provided for 250 playgrounds. He said that Punjab is not only among the top five states and Union Territories, but has also emerged as a topper by jumping from Grade II ++ in 2019-19 to Grade II ++ in 2018-19. On this occasion, many teachers including Pooja Sharma of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar and Jaspreet Singh from Sangrur interacted with the Chief Minister and shared their views on improving school education.
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