In an attempt to strengthen education system in the state, the Government of Punjab has announced to open ‘Special Schools' in six districts of Punjab for imparting education to students securing more than 80 per cent marks at matriculation level in government schools.
During a public speaking session on 22 November 2013, the chief parliamentary secretary of education department of state, Inderbeer Singh Bolaria said that the state government has committed to develop Punjab as the education hub of the country.
The Special Schools will be opened in six districts of Amritsar viz. Patiala, Bathinda, Ludhiana, SAS Nagar and Jalandhar for Meritorious State Board Students of Class X, said Bolaria.
Under this scheme, the students of these schools will be provided free professional education along with boarding and lodging facilities in order to make them capable of giving competition to their convent-educated peers, said he.
This year, Punjab has shifted up in the Education Development Index (EDI) from rank 14th to 3rd, after Pondicherry and Lakshadweep at first and second positions, stated Bolaria.