Ahead of assembly elections in Punjab, the ruling Congress and the Aam Aadmi party were embroiled in a heated exchange of words on Wednesday over the “education system” in the state.
Punjab Education Minister Pargat Singh has accused the Delhi government of resorting to lies about the so-called successful education system run by the Aam Aadmi party.
“If you have such a ‘wonderful’ system, then why are principals and vice-principals vacant in 760 and 479 schools respectively, in addition to having a 41% shortage of non-teaching staff in schools in Delhi?” asked Mr. Singh.
Mr Singh described Delhi’s education system as “a water bubble”, saying the comparison of Punjab with Delhi was totally unfounded. “Punjab is an agrarian state while Delhi is a municipal city, so the comparison between the two was wrong. Providing quality education in border areas has always been a challenge. Based on the circumstances of both states, the comparison is illogical,” he added.
Mr Singh said Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia’s visit to a school store in Punjab was an act of direct political interest by the AAP. “I did not expect such low and cheap political tactics from Mr. Sisodia. I believe in healthy discussions and fruitful debates,” the minister said.
Earlier in the day, Mr Sisodia visited a primary school at Makrauna Kalan in Chamkaur Sahib. Mr Sisodia said the teacher told him that the school did not even have a drinking water facility and that staff had to bring water from the nearby gurdwara. Mr. Sisodia said that in such a situation, if the Punjab government calls itself the number one in the education system, it is spoiling the future of the students.