Amarinder sacks PSEB Chairman for lack of diligence in appointment

May 26, 2017 10:19 AM

Punjab News Express
CHANDIGARH : Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today ordered the Chairman of Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) to resign for failing to meet the due diligence standards of appointment, paving way for a major shake-up of the Education department, in the wake of the poor Class X Board exam results.
According to an official Spokesperson, the Education department was in for a complete overhaul in the days ahead, with the Chief Minister directing some strong steps to improve the state school education system.

The Chief Minister directed Education Minister Aruna Choudhary to seek the resignation of PSEB Chairman Balbir Singh Dhol. The interim charge of PSEB has been handed over to the ACS (School Education) and a Search Committee has been ordered to be set up to find a new chairperson in the next 30 days, he added.

The Committee will consist of Chief Secretary as Chairman and ACS (School Education) and Vice-Chancellor (Panjab University, Chandigarh) as members.

Dhol's appointment, made in December 2016 - just about two months ahead of the Assembly polls, had been a matter of legal scrutiny, with a PIL pending against it in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the Spokesperson said.
The Chief Minister, he further said, has sent out a strong message that nobody will be allowed to play with the future of the children of Punjab.

Highly disturbed at the deteriorating standards of education in Punjab, Capt Singh ordered all concerned officials and departments to create a detailed roadmap for bringing the education system in the state on track, while directing Ms Choudhary to prepare a blueprint for raising the standards of education in the state.
The Chief Minister had further directed the Finance department to make available all necessary funds to the Education department for undertaking urgent measures to improve the quality of education and infrastructure in government schools, according to the Spokesperson.

Besides education quality, the Chief Minister had directed immediate and proactive steps for infrastructure upgradation, and provision of basic amenities and facilities in all government schools, in order to prepare students to meet the high standards of the competitive educational environment, prevailing in the country, he added.

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