CHANDIGARH, January 1: Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Capt Amarinder Singh today announced that free wifi connectivity will be provided in the government run educational institutions in Punjab when Congress forms the government after 2017 elections.
“Free wifi zones will be set up where students can have free internet access within the campus”, he said here today. Besides, he added, the teachers in the government schools will be provided better facilities particularly regarding their postings which should be in their native or nearest to the native places.
Interacting with a group of students and teachers who had come to greet him on the occasion of the New Year at his residence here today, Capt Amarinder said, he understood the importance of internet connectivity in dissemination of knowledge. “An educational institution whether school, college or university without free and unhindered internet access to the students in modern days is incomplete”, he said while emphasising the importance of internet in education.
The PCC president said, it was part of his overall plan to revamp and overhaul education system in the state. He expressed concern over the poor results in the government schools. “Our teachers in the government schools are well qualified and hardworking and still the results are not good”, he observed, while adding, he will be meeting the teachers to seek their views on this serious issue.
The former Chief Minister said, while improving infrastructure in the government run educational institutions, the teachers’ opinion will also be taken. Besides, their working condition will also be improved. He agreed with a suggestion that the teachers should be posted within a particular radius of their home and there must not be any favouritism or vindictiveness in posting of the teachers.
“Ideally a teacher must not be posted very far from the school he or she is working and we will try to work out a system where teachers feel happy and satisfied at the place of their posting and they focus all their energies on educating the students”, he said, while responding to a suggestion by some teachers who had come along with the students.
Capt Amarinder said, he had started this system during his previous regime that the teachers were preferably posted in their own villages and if there were no schools, then they were posted in the second nearest place. He said, this creates a strong bond between the students and the teachers. He said, although the Akalis have stopped this system, his government will resume it.