The Municipal Corporation of Delhi will install 125 makeshift cabins in its primary schools across the city, where the students study in tents. The education department of the civic agency took the decision to provide “porta-cabins” in those schools which will take more than six months to finish construction.
According to the chairman of MCD Education committee Mahender Nagpal, a process has also been initiated to procure 20 more porta-cabins.
He said the MCD has, so far, constructed 645 classrooms this year in 45 primary school complexes. “Besides this, construction is ongoing in 41 municipal primary school, which is expected to be completed within three-nine months, after which the students will not have to study in tents,” he said.
Nagpal also said that the engineering department has been asked to speed up the construction process and to remove construction waste immediately after dismantling the old portions of the buildings that are dilapidated and could not be used for school structure.
The civic agency will also disburse R15 crore within the MCD school students who belong to the scheduled caste and scheduled tribe. The money will come as a R1,000-scholarship for each student.
According to officials, about 1.5 lakh students will become the scholarship beneficiaries and the provision for it has been made out of Non-Plan Fund.
The MCD runs 1,746 primary schools with about 9.5 lakh children on rolls. In addition, the civic agency also runs attached nursery classes in 923 primary schools, along with 33 independent nursery schools with enrolment of 50,000 children.