Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday asked the state Department of Education to consider teaching foreign languages to students and increasing their employability across the globe. Stressing the need to provide an opportunity for students wishing to learn foreign languages as optional subjects in public schools, he asked the Department of School Education to develop modalities for students to learn languages foreign languages such as Chinese, Arabic and French.
These languages could help improve their chances of employability across the world, the chief minister said in an official statement. While interacting with government school teachers, Singh said, “Although Punjabi is our mother tongue and English is already taught in schools, the additional knowledge of foreign languages would help our students to excel in their career.
Sharing his experience of people’s resilience and their spirit to do something new, Singh said that a long time ago on a trip to Kapurthala district, he noticed a sign pointing to the direction of an establishment. teaching the Italian language. He said, “This incident reveals that our people, especially young people, are keen to learn foreign languages to settle abroad and such an initiative by the Department of Education would help them achieve their aspirations.”
Stressing the need to motivate students to practice sport as a character-building exercise, the CM also requested Education Minister Vijay Inder Singla to explore the possibility of developing playgrounds in schools. The sport not only helps to develop one’s overall personality, but also to imbue the leadership qualities of self-discipline and sportsmanship among them, he pointed out.
Singh also praised the teachers and entire staff of the Department of School Education for making Punjab the top state in the country in the Performance Grading Index (PGI) 2019-20 released by the Government of India. It is a matter of pride that Punjab has achieved this rare feat, which is the result of teachers’ collective efforts, hard work, dedication and sincerity, he said. He also urged the Education Department to maintain this stance for times to come.
He praised some of the Department of Education’s innovative initiatives, including the move teachers online policy, smart schools policy, early learning, digital education and a special group of teachers working in areas. border. These measures have led to a remarkable improvement in the quality of education in Punjab, he said. This is also reflected in the fact that nearly 5.6 lakh students have moved from private to public schools with a 29% increase in enrollment over the past four years, he added. It also speaks to the fact that parents are once again resting their faith in public schools, the CM said.
Education Minister Singla assured the CM that the department will work closely with digital platforms offering the possibility of online foreign language courses to enable our students to learn foreign languages of their choice. Regarding the provision of playgrounds in schools, Singla said that a budgetary provision for 250 playgrounds has already been made.
He said that Punjab is not only among the top five states and union territories but also became the best by moving to grade I++ in 2019-20 from grade II in 2018-19 . On the occasion, several teachers including Pooja Sharma of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar and Jaspreet Singh of Sangrur interacted with the Chief Minister and shared their visions on improving school education.