Due to the negligence of the education department, eight lawn tennis courts in four government schools have been lying idle since May this year.
Sources said the department had been sitting on the file regarding the appointment of lawn tennis coaches in these schools for the last several months.
The department constructed the courts in government schools in sectors 23, 16, 41 and 33 in May last year to train budding players aged between 6 to 12 years.
Coaches and other technical support were to be provided by Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA).
Sources said the CLTA imparted training to students in the last academic session but discontinued the same this year for want of more technical staff.
The CLTA proposed that the department recruit at least one senior coach and one assistant coach per school to train students.
But the department had approved the provision of only one coach per school, which the CLTA officials felt was insufficient.
Acting on a fresh proposal submitted by the lawn tennis body, the department began the process of appointing two coaches per school in May this year.
However, the file for the recruitment of the coaches has been lying idle so far. CLTA’s head coach Gajendra Singh said they were waiting for the education department’s response to their proposal.
He said, “Last year, we faced several problems in training students. Hence this year, we will not compromise on the quality of training. We will begin training students as soon as the department approves our proposal.”
However, UT education department’s sports officer Amardeep Singh said the file had already been sent to senior officials for approval and that the matter was being considered on priority.
President of UT Cadre Educational Employees Union Swar n Singh Kamboj said, “Lawn tennis courts were constructed in government schools to identify budding players, who could not afford the training at the CLTA. However, the delay on the part of the department to appoint technical staff is leading to wastage of funds spent on creating such sports facilities. The department must address this problem immediately.”