Teachers picked in transparent manner for Singapore training: Mann

Mann said his government was committed to bringing about a qualitative transformation in government schools

Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, water cess, Punjab Assembly, Bhagwant Mann, Hayer
Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann said the cess was a "fresh attack" on the waters of the state which cannot be tolerated I File photo

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Friday insisted that the process of selecting teachers for training abroad was fully transparent as a second batch of 30 school principals prepared to leave for Singapore.

Governor Banwarilal Purohit had questioned the selection process when the first batch was sent last month, saying he had got complaints of “malpractices and illegalities”.

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Mann had reacted sharply, saying his government was answerable only to Punjabis and not to a Centre-appointed governor.


Speaking to the media in Chandigarh after interacting with the second group of principals, Mann said his government was committed to heralding a qualitative transformation in the government school education.

Transparent selection

He said the selection process was completely transparent and that a five-member committee selects the principals based on certain parameters.

Some of those selected include state and national award-winning teachers, he said.

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“I want to tell the people of Punjab that there is no lobbying, favouritism or any such thing. They (the principals/teachers) are the nations builders and we have to select the best,” he said.

Mann said his government has zero-tolerance towards corruption and there cannot be any compromise on giving quality education to the children in Punjab.

Principal’s largesse

He said one of the principals selected for training had donated Rs 7 lakh from his own salary for his school.

The chief minister said upon completion of training, the principals can be posted in any school.

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The second batch will visit Singapore from March 4 to 11 for training at the National Institute of Education International.

The first batch of 36 principals participated in a professional teacher training seminar in Singapore from February 6 to 10.

(With agency inputs)