The delay in construction of the two new schools in erstwhile Colony Number 5, near Dhanas seems to have dissolved the motive behind the new education policy of the UT education department of controlling the enrolments in city government schools as per the RTE guidelines.
Construction in both the schools, including secondary and senior secondary, was likely to conclude by March 31 as the department wanted to enrol local children in these schools with the beginning of the new session and reduce the burden on the neighbouring schools.
As the department failed to meet their set deadline, the burden of enrolment in the nearby schools in Dhanas, Sarangpur and 38 West have drastically increased. Student count in each section of the upper primary and higher classes has gone to almost 70 in most of these schools according to the sources.
According to the officials, the department has asked the school authorities of the above mentioned schools to give admissions to the children residing in the the area till the time the construction of the new schools in the area does not conclude. The children will later be transferred to the new schools.
Moreover, there are around 500 students in the primary school of Colony Number 5, and are likely to be adjusted in these schools, increasing the enrolment burden.
The problem has worsened in Government Senior Secondary School, Dhanas as the number of students in each class has now touched 80.
“There is already huge strength in the school and now as department had no other choice but to adjust these children in our schools. The department should have worked hard to get the construction work completed before the beginning of the new session,” stated a school official.
“Officials have though worked hard to control the enrolment this time with the new education policy but could not avoid the mess,” the official added.
DPI (schools) Kamlesh Kumar said that the burden on these schools would end soon after the construction of the new ones. “There is no doubt that sincere efforts have been made to control and balance the enrolment in schools by the department under the guidance of education secretary Sarvjit Singh. We want the best for the students and do not want them to sit at home. Therefore, we have enrolled them in these schools and with the construction of the new schools in the area, the problem would end soon,” said Kumar.