A ‘School of Eminence’ in Amritsar, Punjab, was inaugurated by Arvind Kejriwal, the national convener of the Aam Aadmi Party, who also serves as the Chief Minister of Delhi. During the ceremony, Kejriwal emphasized that an educational revolution has begun in Punjab. Bhagwant Mann, the Chief Minister of Punjab, joined him at the event. This marks the first ‘School of Eminence’ in Punjab.
Kejriwal highlighted the exceptional facilities of the newly inaugurated school, stating that it surpasses even many prominent private schools. He expressed confidence that under the AAP government, all of Punjab’s 20,000 government schools would see improvements in infrastructure and facilities.
In the past, government schools in Punjab faced challenges such as shortages of benches, students sitting on mats, deteriorating infrastructure, leaking roofs, unsanitary toilets, lack of boundary walls, and inadequate security. Kejriwal assured that these issues would be addressed, with the state government allocating approximately Rs 1,600 crore for improvements, including the purchase of benches, construction of boundary walls, and the creation of 10,000 new classrooms in government schools.
Kejriwal anticipated that parents would soon shift their children from private schools to government schools. He mentioned that the school he inaugurated boasts modern infrastructure, gyms, playgrounds, and fully equipped labs. Several government school teachers had already enrolled their children in this school, withdrawing them from private institutions.
Kejriwal shared an inspiring story of a girl from a humble background who aspires to become a doctor and explained how the school would empower such dreams. He praised the efforts of Bhagwant Mann and the state’s Education Minister Harjot Singh Bains in helping children realize their ambitions.
He expressed his happiness that this education revolution began in Amritsar, with the blessings of the Gurus, fulfilling the AAP’s promise to provide quality education to children.
Bains emphasized that the ‘School of Eminence’ features smart classrooms, modern infrastructure, labs, and sports facilities, striving to match the standards of private schools.
The AAP government plans to establish 116 such schools across Punjab, aiming to make them centers of excellence for students in Classes 9 to 12. Already, a significant number of students have shown interest in admission to these Schools of Eminence.
Kejriwal also highlighted the substantial improvement in pass percentages in the state’s board exams since the AAP came to power, emphasizing the party’s commitment to education and healthcare.
He mentioned the significant expansion of Mohalla Clinics and the plan to modernize civil hospitals in Punjab. Kejriwal criticized other parties for not prioritizing education and healthcare in their 75 years of rule.
Regarding the issue of drug abuse, Kejriwal vowed to take strict action against those responsible for destroying the lives of Punjab’s youth.
In addition, he expressed his opposition to the ‘One Nation, One Election’ campaign, asserting that it would diminish the accountability of leaders to the public during their terms in office.