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Punjab to rename govt schools named after caste, fraternity

Punjab School Education Minister Harjot Singh Bains said the students, irrespective of secular and caste, were given equal education on the basis of equality in the government schools, under which the names of government schools could not be related to class or caste.

Statesman News Service | Chandigarh |

Punjab School Education Minister Harjot Singh Bains has issued an order to rename all the government schools across the state with caste and fraternity named based names.

Disclosing this on Thursday, Bains said several cases came to his notice regarding the names of many government schools in the state being associated with a caste community, which makes them feel uncivilised in the present era and at the same time, promote caste segregation in the society.

Bains said all the students, irrespective of secular and caste, were given equal education on the basis of equality in the government schools, under which the names of government schools could not be related to class or caste.

According to him, Punjab was the land of gurus, saints and great prophets, who have taught humanity to stay away from casteism and all kinds of discrimination.

In today’s era, these names have a profound effect on the tender minds of the students and sometimes many parents also refrain from enrolling their children in government schools because of these names, said the minister.

The government, he said, has sought reports from all the district education officers and elementary education officers, on the schools of different caste-based names running in their jurisdiction.

After receiving this reports, the heads of the departments would take prompt steps to rechristen these names, the minister said.