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Manjinder Sirsa confuses Pakistan’s Punjab with India's Punjab while targeting Capt Amarinder Singh

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Manjinder S Sirsa pointed out the “deteriorating standards of education in Punjab“ in his tweet by quoting a report about Pakistan's Punjab. 

Recently, a member of Shiromani Akali Dal, Manjinder S Sirsa tagged Chief Minister of Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh in his tweet, criticizing the standards of education in Punjab. He also shared a report which claimed that 1.5 million children remain out of school in ‘Punjab’.

The tweet says, "CM @capt_amarinder Ji, your part-time batsman @VijayIndrSingla ran away in the middle of innings; it’s time you come to the crease and answer on the deteriorating standards of education in Punjab Another news report points out the sorry state of affairs”

The truth behind the claim

To Manjinder S Sirsa's embarrassment, it turned out that the link he shared, reported the status of education in Pakistan’s Punjab, not India’s.

The education and PWD minister of Punjab Government, Vijay Inder Singla, replied Sirsa and said, “@MSSirsa at least use the link which speaks of Punjab in India & not Punjab in Pakistan, before spreading fake news & displaying utter ignorance. Now we know why have u been talking about schools, cuz you urgently need to go back to one to take basic lessons!”

The link shared was from the Academia Magazine, a Pakistan-based education magazine, according to which, about 1.5 million children remain out of school in Punjab. The report published in December 2019 mentioned that the number is only a slight improvement from 2018 where over the 1.59 million children were not enrolled in school. “The annual enrolment campaign was formally launched on March 20, 2019, by Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar and dubbed the Enrolment and Retention Campaign 2019,” reads one of the excerpt of the report.

In conclusion, Manjinder S Sirsa pointed out the “deteriorating standards of education in Punjab“ in his tweet by quoting a report. However, it turned out that the article reported about Pakistan's Punjab, not India's. 

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