CHANDIGARH: Even though the Punjab government did not hand over the list of the best 250 schools to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) as part of the challenge between senior AAP leader, Delhi’s Education minister and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Punjab Education Minister Pargat Singh on the education system; but Manish Sisodia went two steps ahead and himself reached to take the stock of the primary school of Makrauna Kalan, the maternal grandfather’s (nanke) village of Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi in his Assembly constituency of Chamkaur Sahib.
On reaching the primary school in the village, Manish Sisodia met a teacher, who was working on the pay scale of only Rs 6,000 to teach from Class 1 to 5; who apprised the Delhi Deputy Chief Minister about his and the problems of the students. The teacher told him that the school did not even have drinking water facility for the students and the school staff had to bring drinking water from nearby Gurdwara Sahib. The swings installed for the children were found dilapidated. Taking stock of the problems faced by them, Manish Sisodia said that if in such a situation, the Punjab government will call itself number 1 in the education system, then it is messing with the future of the students and the education system.
Earlier, Manish Sisodia reached the primary school of Chakalan village, which was also found in a dilapidated condition with cobwebs, garbage and toilets being broken-down. Even whitewash in the classrooms and the furniture looked in bad condition and broken; and some of the furniture was found lying in a chaotic manner. Even the switch of the TV installed in the smart class room was broken and the computer was also found in a dilapidated condition.
With regard to playing with the education system of Punjab and Punjab Education Minister Pargat Singh’s claim of Punjab’s schools and education system being the best in the country, Sisodia was compelled to contemplate on what basis Pargat Singh made this claim. It is worth noting that recently, Punjab Education Minister Pargat Singh had claimed that the schools in the state are better than the schools of Delhi and the country. During the debate on the education system with the Education Minister of Delhi, Pargat Singh claimed to show 250 excellent schools. During the debate on the education system with the Education Minister of Delhi, Pargat Singh claimed to have shown 250 excellent schools. But despite repeated demands of the Aam Aadmi Party, the Punjab government did not submit the list of 250 best schools in the state to the Aam Aadmi Party. Due to this Manish Sisodia himself set out on a tour of schools in Punjab and on the first day visited the school in the village of CM Channi’s own constituency in Chamkaur Sahib.
AAP’s National Convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wrote on his Twitter handle, “The condition of schools in Punjab is very bad. Channi Sahib says that the schools in Punjab are the best. Meaning they have no intention of fixing the schools. These leaders have deliberately kept the government schools in a bad condition for 70 years. Now that won’t happen. Channi sahib, we will give a wonderful education like Delhi to the children of Punjab.”