Students in Punjab are returning to state-run schools, even during the pandemic, highlighting the Amarinder Singh government’s efforts to revolutionise the education sector once dominated by the private sector. Official data show a 15 per cent increase in enrolment in government schools during the last academic session—said to be the only state with such high numbers—from the previous year. This year too, enrolment in state-run schools has recorded an 11 per cent increase despite the second wave of the Covid pandemic.
Officials say that during the current academic session nearly 1.9 lakh students transferred from private schools to government schools. In the previous session, the number of students who opted for government schools was just over 1.6 lakh.