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AAP MP flags deteriorating health of govt. schools in Punjab in the Parliament

"In Punjab govt schools students can afford to forget bringing copy or pencil in the class but not bowls and spoons", Mann

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Chandigarh , 21 Jul 2017

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP from Sangrur Bhagwant Mann on Friday lashed out at the deteriorating health of government run schools in Punjab saying parents have told him that their children can forget books and copies to school but not bowls and spoons.Mann who was speaking in the Lok Sabha during the discussion on the Right To Education Amendment 2017 Bill today quoted parents who told him that their kids were allowed to forget books and pencil at home  but not utensils in which they are served midday meals. Mann while stressing that the quality of education is suffering in government schools in Punjab said most schools seem to have become more like eateries for the kids in the state than trying to impart the quality education.Mann demanded a ‘Student of the Month’ scheme in all government schools during a discussion which he said would encourage merit.The Sangrur MP also stressed on the need for immediate recruitment of those who have cleared the Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) in Punjab. Taking a dig at the TET, the Sangrur MP said, “The level of Teachers Eligibility Test in Punjab is as difficult as that of an IAS paper. Despite that several people who have cleared the test have not been given jobs and are demonstrating on streets. This is ironical because there are 14,000 teacher vacancies in Punjab.”Mann said in fact the TET passed candidates who should have been teaching in the schools are protesting from the tank tops for seeking jobs. Mann also demanded shuttle services in villages for girls who often drop out in Class 5 or 8 due to lack of safe commuting facilities.“Girls hang behind buses or take lift to reach school. Parents are forced to pull them out of education because to them honour is more important than education. The government must ensure safe education,” said Mann while supporting the Bill that was later passed. 


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