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Those satisfied with Punjab education system vote for Congress, others AAP: Kejriwal

A file photo of Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal addressing farmers in Mansa in Punjab on October 28, 2021. Photo: @AAPPunjab

New Delhi, Nov 25 (MNN) A day after Punjab Higher Education Minister Pargat Singh claimed that an education revolution was on in the northern state, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday took a dig at the former sportsperson and said that those satisfied with the condition of Punjab schools and education system should vote for the Congress and others for AAP.

Punjab’s (Higher) Education Minister said that Punjab’s schools are the best in the country and all the teachers are happy. Those who are happy with the present system should vote for the Congress. But those who wish for an excellent education system as prevailing in Delhi, they should vote for us,” the Chief Minister tweeted.

On Wednesday, Pargat Singh had tagged Kejriwal and tweeted that already a “revolution is going on in education in Punjab”.

“It is another matter that you missed it. It is understandable for a Delhiite whose interest in Punjab is aroused only around elections,” the former hockey player turned politician tweeted while taking a dig at the AAP convener.

Pargat’s tweet came after Kejriwal held out promises to the Punjab teachers about their job conditions and other issues.

“Kejriwal ji, you need not worry about our transfer policy of teachers. It is one of the best and most transparent transfer policies in India which is fully online. Teachers get stations of their choice while sitting at home and is done once in a year,” Pargat Singh said.

The state Minister also tweeted: “Punjab topped the country in school education in National Performance Grade Index (NPGI) in the most recent survey while Delhi came 6th. Punjab was above Delhi on all five parameters — learning outcomes, access, infrastructure and facilities, equity and governance — in the survey.”

The state Minister also said that pupil to teacher ratio in Punjab government schools is 24.5:1  compared with 35:1 in Delhi. “15 per cent of Delhi government schools have adverse pupil to teacher ratio compared with less than 4 per cent in Punjab. Please fill up Delhi schools before worrying about Punjab.”

The Congress leader also said that the Punjab government is in the process of recruiting more than 20,000 teachers by December 2021 in addition to 8,886 already regularised in service. Pargat Singh also said that 1,117 staff have been promoted while more will get promoted in future.

He claimed that Punjabis have full faith on state-run schools and enrollment in pre primary classes rose from 1.93 lakh to 3.3 lakh in the last four years.

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