Former Education Minister and Spokesman of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Daljit Singh Cheema, said that during the tenure of the SAD-BJP government there was a provision in Annual Confidential Report (ACR) of the teachers to give 8 marks to those who promote mother tongue Punjabi language.
However, the present Congress government has done away with the provision to give 8 marks and instead has started giving 5 marks to those who will promote English in schools, he said. Adding, Cheema said that people of the state are surprised at the decision of the government in a state whose official language is Punjabi.
Cheema also said that earlier the government had made a provision to give 5 marks to those teachers who will teach 10 percent of students of their class in the English language and now this decision to abolish provision to give 8 marks to those who promote the Punjabi language.
He said that it means that those who are pro Punjabi and work for the Punjabi language will lose 13 marks according to new rules framed by the Congress government. He said that message of the government for teachers is clear, no need to promote Punjabi as you will get nothing and lose 13 marks.
Cheema has written a letter to Higher Education and Language Department Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa and apprised him about the development. In his letter, he informed Bajwa that Education Department is ill-treating Punjabi language and he had apprised Chief Minister about this.
He said that officers in the Education Department are working on a well-designed plan to cause maximum damage to Punjabi and efforts are being made to this rich language of Guru Sahiban. He said that these actions are a serious violation of the Punjab state language act 1967.