Tribune press service
Chandigarh, November 24
Education Minister Pargat Singh today asked Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to explain what educational revolution he intends to bring to the Punjab, which was the “birthplace of civilization âfor centuries and had taught the masses to read and write.
The minister said it was another cheap gimmick from “rumor-maker” Kejriwal, who was not even aware of the basic topography of Punjab. He said Kejriwal probably forgot about the fact that he was trying to deceive people on the same land where the Vedas, Upanishads and other texts were written long before people could read and write.
He said that currently Punjab ranks first in the National Performance Ranking Index released earlier this year, while Delhi is far sixth. On all parameters of education, learning outcomes, access, infrastructure and facilities, the Punjab was above Delhi. Likewise, he said the Punjabis have expressed their faith in the public school system by increasing primary school enrollment from 1.93 lakh to 3.3 lakh over the past four years. He advised Kejriwal to make sure he had enough teachers for Delhi first before worrying about the Punjab.
The Punjab in front of Delhi
The Punjab ranks first in the National Performance Ranking Index, while Delhi is far sixth. On all parameters of education, the Punjab is above Delhi. Pargat Singh, Minister of Education