Government schools in Punjab would be equipped with the curriculum on the pattern of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

Stating this on Friday, Punjab Education Minister OP Soni directed school education authorities to form a committee to prepare the syllabus so that the burden on school children is reduced and quality education coupled with new techniques is imparted to them.

He also instructed the education department and school education board officials to start regular checking in schools and divide state schools into four zones.

During the meeting of education department and school board officials at the board office in Mohali, Soni said the checking of schools should be carried out once a week and this campaign should be started from the border areas.

He inquired about the preparation of examinations and told the board officials that the examination centres should be set up in a manner that the students do not have to travel more than three to five kilometres.

The minister said he was making efforts to get funds from the state government for printing textbooks and the amount will be released soon.

He also directed the officials to bring the school infrastructure at par with ultra modern schools.

Soni said that the tenders should be allotted to empanelled central agency and the work of one district should be given to only one agency so that the standard of work is maintained.