Lack of funds, official apathy mean punishment for schools

  • Bhartesh Singh Thakur, Hindustan Times, Panchkula
  • Updated: Nov 14, 2014 14:12 IST

The government schools here are floundering on the cleanliness front with dirty compound walls, unclean toilets and filthy surroundings. And the reason according to school authorities is insufficient funds.

The Government Middle School, Rally, Sector 12 A, here, is literally surrounded by filth. On one corner is an open drain, and just across the road is a garbage dump which has not been cleared in the last three days owing to a strike by sanitation workers. A recent addition is a dump of animal waste, in the front of the school.

A teacher from the school said they had written letters to senior officials about the open drain, but in vain.

Within the compound, the corridors are clean. However, the walls have not been whitewashed for many years now.

The corridors of the Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 6, are clean in spite of having just one sweeper. But, the toilets stink. The building was constructed in 1987, and the walls which haven’t been whitewashed in years are turning dark. Principal Sandeep Verma said, “We are trying to get funds for whitewashing.” The grass in the campus also needs mowing.

Panchkula district education officer (secondary schools) Savitri Sihag said, “The grants are limited. Some schools get it and some miss it. But we will soon arrange for enough funds for the rest of the schools.” The principal said, “The school is carrying out Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Even the ground is maintained with the help of students.”

The Shaheed Major Sandeep Sagar Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 7, is largely clean with mopped corridors and tidy mid-day meal kitchen. However, the ongoing construction in the school is the source of loose gravel, debris and dust.

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