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The murky side of city schools

A government school in east Delhi paid Rs two lakh to Delhi Jal Board for water during 2010-11 winter months but none of its students got water for drinking.

delhi Updated: Apr 18, 2011 22:55 IST
Chetan Chauhan

A government school in east Delhi paid Rs two lakh to Delhi Jal Board for water during 2010-11 winter months but none of its students got water for drinking.

This is one of the revelation from series of Right To Information (RTI) applications filed in government schools in east Delhi to find out efficacy of the Right To Education (RTE) law and corruption in education.

The government school in Trilokpuri had paid Rs two lakh as water bill for six months but the students of the schools testified that they did not got drinking water.

“The students will repeat their testimony infront of senior Delhi government officials on Wednesday,” said an official of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), which is conducting a public hearing on about 800 complaints on implementation of the RTE from the Capital. The NCPCR is the nodal authority under the law to monitor its implementation and is holding first such public consultation with the NGO Joint Operation for Social Help (JOSH).

Another victim of corrupt education system was a Muslim woman in east Delhi (name withheld to protect identity of the child) had to pay a bribe of Rs 500 and got Rs 1,000 scholarship meant for children from minority community.

In fact, she should have got Rs 2,000 as she had two children studying in the school but when she complained to the school, she was turned away. “Take whatever you got or we will throw your children out,” an official in the school told her. Now, her complaint is part of the NCPCR’s public hearing.

In another case, a student was badly injured when he fell down in his classroom left unattended by the teacher. When students of his class reported the injury, the school administration instead of arranging for immediate medical attention, kept him in the school while they send out two students to inform his grandmother.

By the time his grandmother and aunt reached the school, he was unconscious with the pain and later admitted AIIMS Trauma center. AIIMS reported that the case had turned into a critical nature due to the delay in the patient getting medical attention. His hand has suffered a damage of a permanent nature and even after six months of this incident, he is still undergoing treatment. His old grandmother only hopes that his is able to lead a normal life after this.

Amit (name changed), a student of VII in the government school in Trilokpuri, has a complaint of different order. He complained to his class teacher about some of his classmates smoking in the class. Instead of listening to him, the teacher allegedly slapped him, resulting in an injury to his ear. For him, the lesson was never to complain about a wrong.

NCPCR has summoned senior officials from Delhi government and municipal corporation of Delhi in a bid to provide instant justice to the complainants.