Last Update: December 30, 2022, 18:41 IST
After school weeks, fifty-six government schools with caste tag have been renamed by the Punjab government education Minister Harjot Singh Bains issued an order to change the names of those named on the basis of caste and community.
The school education department has renamed 56 government schools, including primary and high schools. The schools are now named after the village where they are located, or a known personality, martyr or a local hero.
The department had sought reports from all district education officers and the elementary education department about caste-based schools running in their jurisdiction.
The Punjab unit of the Aam Aadmi Party on Friday welcomed the government’s move.
“A new era has begun in the education system of Punjab. In Punjab, 56 government schools with caste tags were renamed by the AAP government.
“The schools are now named after either the village where they are located, or a local hero, martyr or a famous person,” said a tweet by the state unit of the ruling party.
The schools which have been renamed include 12 in Patiala district, seven in Mansa, six in Nawanshahr and four each in Sangrur and Gurdaspur, and three each in Fatehgarh Sahib, Bathinda, Barnala and Muktsar.
Punjab’s School Education Minister Harjot Singh Bains had on December 1 issued an order to name all government schools in the state on the basis of caste and brotherhood. However, the order to this effect was issued on 26 December.
In a statement here, Bains had said, “There have been several cases of names of government schools in the state being associated with one caste, which makes them feel uncivilized in the present times and at the same time promotes caste segregation.” in society. He said that in the government schools of Punjab equal education is being given to all students on the basis of equality, under which the names of government schools cannot be related to class or caste.
The Education Minister also said that Punjab is the land of Gurus, Saints and great Prophets who taught humanity to stay away from casteism and all forms of discrimination.
He said that in today’s era, these names have a deep impact on the tender minds of the students and many times parents also shy away from enrolling their children in government schools because of these names.
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