While, the education department is planning to start new government schools with the best of infrastructure, the schools in the periphery remain neglected.
The education department, Chandigarh administration, will start two new schools in Mani Majra-Government Primary School in pocket number 10 and 6. The administration has also ordered for up-to-date furniture for these schools.
This, while a large number of government schools are facing classroom crunch, while the student intake has been on a rise with every passing academic year.
The schools, however, have chosen not to expand, making the students suffer. Sharing the number of children admitted in government schools, Sudeep Gupta, a government school teacher, on the condition of anonymity said, "This year approximately 13,000 students have took admission in 39 government schools in and around Chandigarh in Class-11 alone. Imagine how many total students a school would be handling. It is anywhere between 3,000 to 4,000 students and the number is only increasing."
Although a new block was recently inaugurated-Government High School in Hallomajra, but it is still not accessible to many children of Hallomajra village, who are going to schools in the nearby villages and sectors of Chandigarh, including, Government Senior Secondary School, Behlana, Raipur Khurd, Karsan, Government High School, Karsan, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 32.
The schools lack playgrounds, too.
Education secretary VK Singh said, "We are doing our best and aiming to work towards the betterment of these schools and also open new schools. There are schools with no playgrounds. More schools are needed to accommodate the students and give them proper education."
The education department had identified 13 pockets of schools which are deficient of proper infrastructure. This includes less class rooms, store rooms, toilets, furniture, apart from some schools having broken gates and hanging balconies.
Sadly, the department has failed to update these schools, and decided to focus on new schools with high budgets, instead.
A student at Government High School, Karsan, Kishan said, "Not all of us fit on one bench and sometimes we are taken to a bigger class and we share classes."
The schools in Mauli Jagran, Khuda Alisher, Behlana, Raipur Khurd, Maloya, Khuda Lahora, Sarangpur, Kishangarh, and a few sectors in the city's periphery are all reportedly suffering from poor infrastructure.
Another government school student Suman said, "Going to school is very difficult in all seasons. In summers we don't have fans, in winters there are no heaters, and in the rainy season there are frogs and insects."
An education department official on the condition of anonymity said, "We just hope everyone is given equal attention. We are trying to do as much as possible in the limited budget and resources that we have."