Punjab Education Minister Daljit Singh Cheema Friday issued instructions to allow free education to the students of border districts who have been shifted to safer places in the wake of escalating tension on the Indo-Pak border.
Cheema said the students who have been shifted to relief camps would get the education in nearby schools. “These students would not be required to take formal admission and to deposit any fee in these schools. The education department would take care of all the needs of these students so that their formal education may not suffer,” he said.
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The minister has instructed the schools to create separate sections if the influx of more students affects proper class room teaching. “Those students who have not shifted to relief camps but have gone to their relatives’ place may also attend the nearby schools without any formal admission or fee depositing,” he said.
Due to the recent surgical strike by the Indian army along the LoC on suspected terror camps, many borderline villages of Punjab and Rajasthan have been evacuated due to the fear of casualties among civilians living between the two countries. Many farmers have had to leave their crops behind even as reports of the lands mines being laid out are surfacing.
The government of Punjab has offered full support and has declared an alert, according to reports.
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