Shortage of sweepers, unchecked wild growth — many a lesson to be learnt

  • Amandeep Dixit, Hindustan Times, SAS Nagar
  • Updated: Nov 14, 2014 14:01 IST

Shortage of sweepers seems to be a common problem in the government schools here with the campuses dotted with garbage heaps and unchecked wild growth.

The government primary school in Phase 3B2 is a cry for help with the campus resembling a parking lot. Even those who don’t work there have parked their vehicles. Employees of the court buildings opposite the school have unrestricted access to the campus, adding to the rush and chaos.

This, in spite of the office of district education officer (DEO) (secondary schools) located within the same campus. The classrooms are in an unfinished state with broken stones lying around.

A store room with old, abandoned furniture was also left open near the project room, posing a threat to students.

The Government Senior Secondary School in Phase 3B2 here is a multistoried building. However, only one sweeper has been appointed for the whole place, including the playground. In spite of dustbins on the campus, filth has been littered in corners outside the building. And with the school not having a gardener, there is immense, unchecked wild growth on the school’s boundary walls.

At the Phase-11 primary school here, there is a shortage of sweepers. The onus is on the teachers and students to keep the campus clean as they claimed the government had not sanctioned any funds for the school’s upkeep.

A teacher from the school, on condition of anonymity, said, “We have appointed a sweeper. His salary is paid by us (teachers) as the government did not sanction any fund to maintain the campus.”

As a lesson in cleanliness, the teachers and students pick up wrappers and other waste lying around.

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