Chandigarh, October 9
The Punjab Congress Legal Cell today urged Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi to intervene and provide help to improve the deteriorating condition of government schools in the state.
Its co-chairman Jaiveer Shergill urged Rahul to take steps to bring the standard of schools in Punjab on par with Lawrence School, Sanawar, so that they too would attract the attention of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal.
Shergill urged Rahul to take up the issue with the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry so that maximum funds were released for Punjab’s government schools “so that rich politicians like Sukhbir Badal are compelled to send their children there instead of elite schools like Sanawar.”
Shergill said Sukhbir’s decision to donate Rs 1 crore to his alma mater from the Punjab Nirmal Fund indicated that the state machinery had failed on “all three counts – leadership, creation and promulgation of a vision for education.”
Shergill said 97 per cent of students in the 18,397 government schools in the state belonged to Dalit families and 70 per cent parents of these children were illiterate.The infrastructure at these schools was in a shambles, he addded.