Punjab Education Minister Om Prakash Soni on Friday said the state government was taking steps to strengthen the education system in the border areas of the state.

Soni said that during the tenure of previous Parkash Singh Badal government, the future of the children of the border areas was completely neglected and the number of teachers in the border areas was drastically reduced, due to which the results had been gone down speedily.

The minister said that after coming into power, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had set a goal to impart quality education to students of all parts of the state and provide state-of-the-art infrastructure so that students of all fields could get education and younger generation could survive better in the competitive world of today.

Soni said that the Education Department promoted 2282 primary teachers to master cadre and most of them were posted in border areas.

In those areas, 85 per cent posts of Punjabi subject, 82 per cent of mathematics and 74 per cent posts of science have been filled, he claimed adding that the government was working to provide 100 per cent teachers in all schools of the state.

He disclosed that the process of setting up a separate cadre of teachers for border area was on anvil.