Keeping in view the rising cost of living, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) has planned to increase the amount given to primary school children for purchasing uniforms from the existing Rs.500 to Rs.1,500 per year. It also plans to increase the fund for nursery kids from Rs.300 to Rs.800.
Each student, studying in a primary school, is given Rs.500 to buy a jersey, a pair of trousers, socks and shoes. But it is not sufficient to meet the expenses.
“The rising inflation has made it very difficult for all of us. The money that the corporation gives children to buy uniforms is not enough. A sweater alone costs Rs.500,” said Rekha Gupta, chairperson, education committee.
The suggestion to hike the fund was made at the committee's budget meeting held on Wednesday. It will now be forwarded to the standing committee for approval. The committee also suggested increasing the stipend for each girl student from Rs.200 to Rs.500 per year.
Apart from uniforms, the committee has allotted a major chunk of its budget to improve the infrastructure of schools such as playgrounds. It said greenery in schools would be improved and more security guards recruited, adding that biometric attendance system would be introduced in all its schools soon.
The committee has also increased the provision for refreshment from Rs.20 to Rs.40 per child. "In municipal schools, a child gets Rs.20 for refreshment, which is not enough to meet the cost of his/ her meal. A bottle of water alone costs Rs.10," she said. Gupta said schools would have 28,000 new desks in a few weeks.
To boost the morale of students and teachers, the corporation will award meritorious children. Their performance will be judged through exams. At present, no exam is held in schools and children are promoted every year.