New Delhi, Nov 29 (MNN) Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sosidia said on Monday that if Punjab Education Minister Pargat Singh failed to put forth a list of 250 best government schools in the northern state, it will mean the Congress regime did nothing to improve education system in the last five years.
In Chandigarh, Pargat Singh said in the evening that “fake leaders are releasing fake figures to mislead people”. The Punjab Minister said he hoped that the list released by Sisodia on Sunday pertaining to locations of 250 best schools was correct.
Addressing a press conference here this afternoon, Sisodia – who also holds the education portfolio – claimed that Pargat Singh is running away from the discussion on the issue of who better between Delhi and Punjab had the better education system. .
His said even 24 hours after he had released a list of 250 government schools that had been improved under AAP rule, a similar list had not yet come from Punjab.
“If they are not able to release the list by this evening, it will be a public acceptance of the fact that nothing has been done to fix the education system of Punjab in the last five years,” Sisodia added.
“Since Pargat Singh had not released the list, I request Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi to release a list of 250 best government schools in his state. The people of Punjab have the right to know what the Congress’ contribution has been in the field of education in Punjab in the last five years.”
Sisodia said that by shying away from a comparison of government schools in Delhi and Punjab, the Congress government led by Channi is showing it has not worked on education in Punjab.
The Kejriwal government on the other hand has worked rigorously on improving public education in Delhi, the Aam Aadmi Party leader said.
That is why Delhi’s education model is discussed all over the world, he remarked.
He alleged that the Congress had not nothing for Punjab’s development in the last four and a half years, especially in education. “People of Punjab elected the Congress government with great expectations (in 2017), but the party failed to live up to their expectations and cheated them,” Sisodia alleged.
In Chandigarh, Pargat Singh said: “Sisodia was in so much hurry to respond that he didn’t even read what the Minister had written. I categorically said that they will compare on the parameters of national performance grading index 2021.”
He said that the Delhi list should also throw light on school-wise enrollment numbers, permanent teachers and vacancies, Class 10 results and names of respective principals.
The Punjab Minister also sought figures from 2013-14 to 2019-20 for a clear picture for eveyone. Pargat Singh said that he had also asked for similar information earlier as well but wondered what the AAP government was “hiding”.
The Minister said that Sisodia may be reluctant to discuss the points he raised and that is why he had requested Arvind Kejriwal to give the “correct list”.
“Let us decide once for all who is real and who is fake Aam Aadmi,” he remarked.