The plans of the UT education department to roll out reforms in the education system by setting up smart schools in the city have been gathering dust for over a year.
The first smart school was setup in Sector 53 in April 2012 by the department. The second smart school came up in Sector 50 in 2013 and had proper audio-visual technology in classrooms.
Soon after this, the department approved the setting up of three more smart schools: one in Sector 54, and two others by upgrading the existing Government Model Senior Secondary Schools (GMSSS) in sectors 16 and 35 as smart schools.
But a year later, the department’s mission to improve the quality of education in the city is in limbo. In June last year, the Government High School in Sector 54 was started, but without providing smart school facilities, while the other two schools in sectors 16 and 35 are waiting for up-gradation, despite tall claims made by senior officials of the department.
When contacted, officials from GMSSS-16 and GMSSS-35 said the department had informed them that all classrooms would be upgraded with smart boards and projectors.
But nothing had happened so far, officials stated.
President of Government Teachers Union Vinod Sharma said such indifference on the part of the department would not be accepted.
He said, “Technology has become an integral part of the curriculum these days. All private schools are upgrading their classrooms but government schools are still far behind and are not matching up to the modern ways of learning.”
Head of Chandigarh-based non-governmental organisation Youth Innovative Society, Sachin Sharma, said smart schools in the city were conceptualised with the objective of making learning an enjoyable experience through modern technology and hence, the department should speed-up the process without any further delay.
A school head, on condition of anonymity, said the department had already spent a lot of energy and resources in preparing the e-content for smart schools based on National Council of Educational Research and Training books.
He added that the Chandigarh administration must therefore roll out in the education system by making changes to various spheres of the education system in the city.
Director of public instructions (schools) could not be contacted.