Nearly a month into the new academic session, the UT education department finally instructed government schools in the city to procure summer uniforms for students.
A notification issued on Tuesday capped the cost of purchasing the unifor ms at 300 each for students of classes 1 through 5 and 375 each for those of classes 6 through 8, the same as last year.
Meanwhile, the unchanged procurement prices have become a cause of concern for many government schools.
A school head, seeking anonymity, said schools had faced problems in procuring the uniforms last year with few suppliers willing to come forward.
“A Mumbai-based supplier who did approach the schools failed to deliver on time. Since there has been no change in procurement prices this year we’re keeping our fingers crossed,” she said.
In its notification the education department has asked schools to advertise their supply order in line with its norms. Schools must also send a soft copy of the adver tisement to the department to be uploaded on its website.
Over 100,000 government school students in classes 1 through 8 are eligible to receive the uniforms under the Right to Education Act, 2009.
While the education department went for centralised purchases of school unifor ms earlier, the responsibility was entrusted to the schools in March last year.
DISTRIBUTION TO BE DELAYED
Meanwhile, the lengthy procurement process is expected to delay the distribution of school uniforms.
Under the process a school must first float a tender. If it fails to generate response from suppliers, they must float another one.
Also, the schools have been mandated to send a sample of their uniforms to government laboratory for technical clearance, before they can distribute them.
“With such lengthy process, the distribution of summer uniform is not expected before June,” said a school principal.
UT cadre Educational Employees Union president Swarn Singh Kamboj said that the department is yet to learn its lesson after last year’s debacle.
“Last year, the process of purchasing summer uniforms concluded as late as October, when the summer ter m was coming to a close,” he said.
He added that the process for the current session should have begun in February.