Separate school teacher cadre for border areas
Chitleen K Sethi..Tribune News Service..Chandigarh, October 1
The Punjab government has decided to set up a separate cadre of schoolteachers for service in border areas and the kandi belt. In response to a call-attention notice moved by Akali MLA Virsa Singh Valtoha, Cabinet Minister for Education Dr Upinderjit Kaur today told the House that the separate cadre would have teachers who would serve exclusively in schools in these areas and would also be transferred within the area only.
In his call-attention notice, Valtoha told the House that there was always a shortage of teachers who wanted to serve schools in border areas and there were several vacancies of teachers in the government schools.
He added that the demand for a separate cadre for border area teachers had been pending for some time.
The minister added that a similar shortage of teachers was being felt in the schools in the kandi belt also, due to which it had been decided to have a separate cadre for these areas. She added that the modalities for the constitution of the cadres were being worked out by the Department of School Education.
Concerned over the growing vulgarity in Punjabi songs being shown on television channels, Valtoha moved a call-attention notice in the House stating that the Punjabi songs were full of vulgarity and glorified use of weapons and drugs.
Responding to the notice, the Minister for Cultural Affairs said the state government had constituted a committee of intellectual and scholars which would guide the state government in how the state can preserve its cultural values and traditions.