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'Special Schools' will be opened in six districts of Punjab to impart education to students securing 80 per cent or more marks at matriculation level in government schools, a state government official said on Friday.
Speaking to reporters here, chief parliamentary secretary of education, Inderbeer Singh Bolaria said the state government was committed to develop Punjab as the education hub of the country.
"Special Schools are being opened in six districts of Amritsar, Patiala, Bathinda, Ludhiana, SAS Nagar and Jalandhar to impart education to students securing 80 per cent or more marks at matriculation level in government schools," he said.
These students will be provided free professional education along with boarding and lodging facilities to enable them to compete with their convent-educated peers, he said.
Punjab has improved its Education Development Index (EDI) rank from 14th to 3rd this year, finishing behind Pondicherry and Lakshadweep only, Bolaria said.