Aam Aadmi Party on Monday lambasted the SAD-BJP alliance government for virtually ruining the educational system in Punjab saying that the denial of visas by Australian High Commission to the students, who passed 10+2 from Punjab School Education Board (PSEB).
Senior AAP leaders Himmat Singh Shergil and president of AAP youth wing of Punjab, Harjot Singh Bains, in a joint statement said that Australian High Commission had started denying visas to Punjab students with a written submission raising its doubt in the education system of Punjab. It was clear cut evidence of its complete collapse, they stated.
It is pertinent to mention here that while denying visa to a Punjabi student recently, Australian Commission stated in writing “You have provided evidence of previous education to Class XII level with the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB). The education and examinations conducted through the PSEB are not listed as equivalent to an Australian Grade 12 qualification under the Australian Education International – National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition Guidelines (AEI-NOOSR). As such, I am not satisfied that your current educational background is that you have completed the equivalent of an Australia Grade 12 qualification”.
Even the Australian High Commission raised doubts over attaining such a high percentage in English by the visa applicant students in 10+2, who even could not get 5 Bands in IELTS, Shergil and Bains said.
It was shame on the state government, which ruled for more than nine years that poor standard of education had its reflection on the prospects of Punjabi youth too, AAP leaders apprehended that now it was Australia, later on other countries such as Canada, US or Britain might follow the suit, if immediate steps were not taken to improve the quality of education in Punjab.
AAP leaders said that result of the government schools was so poor that even the people from weaker sections of the society avoid admission of their wards in these schools.
AAP leaders said the Akali government had completely failed to enhance the budget allocation in the Education sector to improve the standard of primary as well as higher education in Punjab.
” In Delhi Arvind Kejriwal led AAP government has doubled the budgetary allocation to nearly 25% which is nearly Rs. 12,000 crore that has already showing results n the form of improved education system in the government schools in the national capital. And this has been achieved only in one year”, added Shergill and Bains.