07022018-JTR-01.qxd 2/7/2018 1:24 AM Page 1 WEDNESDAY | 7 FEBRUARY 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Media fest Let’s face it Wedding bells 10th National Media Fest Communis 2018 was held in Jalandhar. P2 Facebook has been jostling with fake accounts and Indians have contributed to the cause! P2 Television heartthrob Gautam Rode married girlfriend Pankhuri Awasthy. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 21°C MIN 7°C | YESTERDAY MAX 23°C MIN 7°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6.03 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 7.10 AM TRIP TO JUNG-E-AZAADI MEMORIAL IN KARTARPUR 300 students taken on tour sans parents’ nod Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 6 Over 300 minor students of a Dhilwan-based private school were allegedly made to take a “forced excursion” to the Junge-Azaadi memorial in Kartarpur by the school authorities without sending prior information to their parents. The students alleged that they were made aware about the “sudden excursion” by the school authorities only in the morning. Accompanied by a physical education teacher, a librarian and two canvassing teachers, the students were seen perplexed over the “education tour” planned just ahead of their final exams. “We reached the school with our bags, but were told to accompany another class that was going on study excursion. We did not inform our parents,” said students while coming out of the auditorium at the memorial. More shockingly, none of the teachers accompanying the students wrote their original names in the visitors register, but wrote a fictitious name Shashi Sharma who was not present on the spot. Interestingly, the teacher wanted to “outsmart” the memorial authorities by writing a fictitious name similar to that of the school principal Shanti Kumar Sharma. However, he wrote his actual contact number next to it. Later accepting this, he said, “Since we had come here at the directions of the school principal, I wrote his name in the visitors’ book. However, The Tribune could only identify the fact after it checked the real name of the principal from the school website. The fact could have had Pilot project for pre-primary classes in doldrums Avneet Kaur Students of a Dhilwan-based private school during their trip to Jung-e-Azaadi memorial at Kartarpur in Jalandhar on Tuesday. PHOTOS: SARABJIT SINGH serious repercussions, as the school principal would have been easily made responsible for any untoward incident. The students also said that they were told to pay Rs 150 per head to the school, while there was no entry fee charged at the memorial. A student said the school had asked them to pay the bus fee for travelling to the Jung-e-Azaadi memorial. “As we were not prepared for the tour, we were told to bring the money later,” said a student. Many students seemed perplexed and expressed their concern over the preparation for the final exams scheduled to be held next month. Though the Central Board A teacher allegedly entered a fictitious name in the visitors’ book at the memorial at Kartarpur in Jalandhar on Tuesday. of Secondary Education (CBSE) has made stringent guidelines pertaining to the protocol adopted by its affiliated schools to plan any outdoor activity, a majority of the schools are found violating it with impunity. According to the guidelines by the CBSE, the head of the institution should ensure issuing security I-cards to all such students and maintain a separate database of the per- sonal details like guardian/local guardian, home address, mobile, email etc. of such student and ensure the same is carried by the students on his person. Also, the head of the institution was told to ensure that written permission of one of the parents or the local guardian was submitted on behalf of every such student wanting to participate in an educational tour. The school authorities were also told to ensure that there was a senior teacher accompanying the students on such an educational tour. Further, a senior lady teacher was to be on board if there were girl students participat- ing in the educational tour. However, the school was found flouting norms in all of the above mentioned conditions. Monica Mandotra, CEO, Chain of DIPS institutions, accepted the lapse and said that the principal had indeed sent the children without the prior permission of their parents to increase the strength of the tour already planned today. “However, he did not ask the students to pay Rs 150 as claimed by the students. We do charge money for refreshments but only when we plan a lunch enroute. In today’s tour, no such outdoor activity was planned,” claimed Mandotra. Jalandhar, February 6 Having launched the initiative of starting pre-primary classes in all the government primary schools of the state with fanfare in November last year on Children’s Day, the state of affairs of the state Education Department’s pilot project after three months is suffering due to the lack of basic facilities and infrastructure. There are approximately 15,000 primary schools in the state. Of these, 95 per cent of the classes have no proper infrastructure. However, over 2.5 lakh students have got enrolled after the state government started the process in October 2017 and almost every school is conducting classes since November 2017. Surprisingly, the infants in the schools have to sit on the floor in the chilling cold as there are no arrangements of benches. It is reported that some schools do not have proper classrooms in many districts and villages The sources claim the condition of Government schools in some of the districts is so worse that infants are made to sit near parking place on mats in the peak of winters. “The condition of the government schools here depicts poor quality of education and inability of the government to bring reforms in the education sector,” said one of the members of the EGS union. Former Education Minister Daljeet Singh Cheema condemning the State’s decision of launching pre-primary classes without having done any ground work says, “There is already lack of efficient teachers in the state with no new recruit- Students study under open roof with no benches in winters ment being done so far. No proper arrangements for the project have been made so far. This is nothing but a distant dream which would never materialise until the government makes some strict rules and regulations and appoints an efficient staff.” The Secretary Education Krishan Kumar and the Education Minister Aruna Chaudhary could not be contacted despite repeated attempts. Principal Secretary to the CM Captain Amarinder Singh, Tejveer Singh on the issue said, “The issue is serious and will be definitely brought into the notice of the Education Department as well Education Minister.” Quoting that he was not aware of the matter, Singh said, “Though I am not authorised to take any action in the matter, the project has been started to provide quality education and to encourage the students for studying, so giving proper facilities and infrastructure is the foremost responsibility of the government. I will definitely talk to the higher officials regarding this matter,” he added. Only 35 govt schools teach science ‘Now, transport mafia Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Shyam Kumar, the victim Contaminated water claims life, says family Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 6 Shyam Kumar (50), a resident of Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar of ward number 38, adjacent to the Model House, died after allegedly consuming dirty water being supplied in the area by the Municipal Corporation (MC). Rahul, son of the victim, said his father was suffering from a disease for a long time for which the dirty water being supplied was the reason for his death. This was due to the negligence of the MC, he added. Even after registering so many complaints about the poor supply of water, no concrete action was taken by the MC. Moreover, many other people in the locality have been consuming polluted water for the past four months and have been taken ill. The family members demanded strict action against the MC for its alleged carelessness. Jalandhar, February 6 Amid talks of inculcating a scientific approach among the students, an innovation hub had recently been set up under the culture ministry in Science City. But the availability of science subjects for classes XI and XII in a handful of schools in the district and the non-availability of the science lecturers is showing a gloomy picture. At present, there are a total of 151 senior secondary schools in the district of which there are a total of only 35 in which the science subjects are being taught. Currently, science groups for classes XI and XII are being run in six schools in the city, namely Nehru Garden Girls Senior Secondary school, Government Sports School, Government Senior Secondary PAP school, Government Junior Model School, Government Senior Model School and Government Senior Secondary School Bhargo camp. Of the 35 schools, the groups in seven schools are being run by the National Bank of Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD). Earlier, the groups were opened in a total of 30 schools under NABARD of which groups in 23 schools were closed and now only 7 groups are being run under the programme. The officials informed that earlier, the Science stream used to be taught in 52 schools, but then only 35 schools were left with the Science subject. As per the information, in rural areas there is no proper faculty in schools where the groups are being run, in the absence of which the subject of science has failed to rise. In many schools where science is being taught, the teachers of Chemistry, Biology or Physics are unavailable. Teachers said even if a single lecturer is not present, the whole group suffers. It is not possible to study only a single subject of Science. One of the science teachers said, “It is not that students don't show interest inscience,buttheunavailabilityof teachers hampers their growth in the subject. The government should promote the subject as it is important for every student to study his subject for a rational and practical thinking.” Even the condition of commerce groups is also the same in the schools as only 27 schools in the district have commerce groups in them. District science supervisor Baljinder Singh, when approached claimed that the science groups were running successfully in all the 35 schools. “Schools approach the authorities if they want to have Science in their schools, regularisation will take place now, then the status will be cleared.” said Singh. Artistes in the play ‘Rasbhari Mock-Tales’ organised by the YUVAA theatre group at KL Saigal Hall in Jalandhar. MALKIAT SINGH c m y b thriving under new govt’ Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Jalandhar , February 6 The Punjab Roadways Action Committee (PRAC) held a press conference here today against the transport mafias “that are spreading their wings and engulfing the whole Punjab Roadways services”. The committee alleged that the present Congress government in the state also had a huge hand in successfully operating transport mafias. Manjat Khan, convener of the Punjab Roadways Committee, while addressing the media, said, “The transport mafia that was spreading its arms in the previous Badal government is now thriving under the Congress government as well.” A setting has already been done internally between ministers of both governments that was again promoting mafias to run more private buses in the state. He added that before the 2017 state elections, Captain Amarinder Singh had promised that his government would take a strict action against the transport mafias and this would curb the dominance of private buses rather than government ones. Captain had also promised that the buses would run in the name of either the PRCTC or the Punjab Roadways. But still no Members of the Punjab Roadways Action Committee hold a press conference in Jalandhar on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO such action has been taken and all assurances and promises have proved to be hollow. Rather these transport mafias have become more active now and the Congress government has started its own buses which are no different from the previous government, affecting the government roadways and causing huge losses to the Punjab Roadways. The timetable for the routes of different buses is seemingly controlled by elements working according to the transport mafias.Regarding corruption, the situation has become the same as it was 10 years ago, claimed the members of the PRAC. Moreover, the government before taking the charge, had also promised that the permit of private unauthorised buses would be cancelled as soon as the Congress would take charge, resulting in the cancellation of the permit of the 12,210 such buses. The government has allegedly given the transport ministry to a person who is neither an IAS nor a PCS officer, therefore no vigilance or inspection is being conducted to check the roadways network. Meanwhile, the PRAC members have also warned that the Road Safety Bill that was passed in the Lok Sabha should be scrutinised, otherwise they will hold an intense protest march against the transport mafias as well as the inefficiency of the government to take action against these. PRAC members will reportedly hold protests on February 17 as a warning to the transport ministry.
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