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Punjab government extends one-year extension to affiliated schools: Education Minister

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CHANDIGARH: Providing major relief to the students, staff and management of the respective schools, the Punjab government on Wednesday extended the extension to around 2,200 such schools for another academic session, 2020-21.

Providing details, Punjab School Education Minister Vijay Inder Singla stated that after reviewing the critical situation due to the spread of COVID-19 epidemic in Punjab, the Department of Education has decided to give them a limited time relief. He said that the proposal has been approved by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.

The cabinet minister said that during the period of expansion, these schools would have to strictly ensure the safety and security of the students.

“Although the respective schools have been extended till 31 March 2021, the schools will have to provide an undertaking to the Department of Education about the improvement of their infrastructure and campus area by 31 December 2020. If any school is to be completed Will fail. Singla said that the necessary criteria, it would be allowed to continue educational activities for pre-primary classes on its campus.

He said that due to the spread of coronavirus, the issue of sympathetic expansion has been dealt with by the Department of Education. He said that the situation would be reviewed again after December 31, 2020 and the school failing to meet the criteria would be allowed to continue pre-primary classes only for students in the age group of 3 to 6 years .

The cabinet minister said that the safety and safety of school going children is a top priority of the Punjab government and will not be compromised at any cost.

He directed the officers of the Education Department to conduct surprise inspections of the affiliated schools in their respective jurisdictions regularly to ensure the safety of the students.

He asked the management of affiliated schools to strictly follow the instructions of the Department of Education to prevent disciplinary action.


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