The “big battle Punjab” has been started as Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday termed present Chief Minister of Punjab Charanjit Singh Channi as “Nakli Kejriwal”.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo, Kejriwal who concluded his pre-election Punjab State tours also announced reforms in the education sector there.
Striking hard at Channi, Kejriwal said as soon as AAP comes to power in Punjab, all outsourcing teachers will be made permanent. “If the Channi Government does not accept the demands of teachers striking to fill and confirm the vacant posts, then I will join them in their dharna. Like Delhi, will also implement a transparent transfer policy in Punjab and non-teaching work burden will be taken off teachers’ shoulders, will fill vacancies, send teachers abroad for training, bring promotion policy and provide cashless medical facilities to teachers and their families, he added that in the last 70 years, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress formed the government in many States however failed to bring any progress in education sector.
“We have raised the slogan of Punjab's reconstruction; I call upon all the teachers to join our movement in transforming the education sector,” the AAP leader said.
Taking jibe on ruling Congress, comparing the education system with Delhi, he said, teachers told him that there is simply written in the walls ‘Smart Schools’ but there is no transformation. “In the past one-two months, many teachers hailing from the various corners of Punjab, have come and met with me - college teachers, permanent ones, non-permanent ones, teachers from public schools, private schools and more. They informed me that the condition of government schools in Punjab is especially dismal. 24 lakh students study in these government schools, whose future is bleak given the current state of affairs in these schools. There is almost no trace of education taking place. They also told me that many of these schools, for upto grade 7, don’t have a single teacher; while some others have just one teacher to manage all classes. Despite this, the teachers told me that the government simply got the walls of these schools painted and wrote ‘Smart School’ over it. This is how they make ‘smart schools;,” he said.
Kejriwal shared education reforms in Delhi government’s schools sharing pass percentage of students.”I will not sing my own praises, that is pointless. I will let the results of these government schools speak for themselves. 99.7% students of Delhi passed their exams with flying colours, leaving even private schools behind. So just as we have transformed the government schools in Delhi, we will change the schools here in Punjab. We are the only political party who knows how to do it, who can do it, and who will do it,” he added.
After announcing transfer of Rs 1000 in the account of Punjab women, he said, his government will give permanent jobs to all the outsourced and contractual teachers in government schools and assured teachers to join their protest if demands are not met.
Before the assembly polls there, Kejriwal assured teachers all non-teaching work will be withdrawn from teachers, adding, all vacant posts of teaching will be filled immediately and teachers will be sent abroad for training.
Besides these poll commitments to teachers, he also said his government will formulate policies related to promotions and medical facilities to their families.