Badal instructs officials for optimum use of funds allotted under SSA

Chandigarh/June 12
Punjab’s Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday instructed Education department officials to make the optimum utilization of Rs 776 crore earmarked for the state under the Sarv Sikhyaa Abhiyaan (SSA) to impart quality education to the school going children.
After a meeting with officials of Education department, Badal said that all out efforts should be made to further upgrade the infra structure in the schools especially in the rural areas so that quality education could be delivered to the students.
“In the current age of competition, school education is very essential for the all-round development of the students as it was a stepping stone for them to excel in the future and hence, it becomes essential on the part of education department to make judicious use of the funds under the SSA to provide best education facilities to the students,” Badal said while asking the Education department to submit a list regarding the requirement of upgradation and strengthening of infra structure in each and every school across the state within a month.
“Education department should submit the report at the earliest so that a comprehensive strategy for the development of the schools could be evolved,” said Badal.
He said that the state government was committed for providing quality and value based education to the students at every cost for which no stone would be left unturned. Mr. Badal also said that the Education department must lay special thrust on providing the education to the students of the Kandi and Border areas of the state.
The Chief Minister called upon the School education department to evolve a mechanism of making Principals and teaching faculty accountable for the execution of developmental works relating to upgradation of infrastructure besides enhancing the standards of education to enable the students to compete with their counterparts in private and convent schools. He also asked the department to streamline the work of construction in the schools by optimally utilizing the available land for constructing spacious and airy class rooms to facilitate the students.
Punjab’s Education Minister Sikander Singh Maluka said that the self sustainable mechanism for ensuring the accountability of the teachers and Principals would be in place shortly to ensure transparency and equity in the deliverance of education in all the schools across the state.
Meanwhile, Director General School Education Kahan Singh Pannu said that besides upgrading the infra structure of the schools these funds will be utilized for opening 15 new Primary and 23 Middle schools across the state besides strengthening the infra structure in five residential hostels across the state. He said that the fund would also be spent on distributing free books and uniforms to the students besides imparting training to the teachers to upgrade their expertise.