In order to increase the hygiene standards of its schools and to give a push to the girl student ratio, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) is planning to outsource the basic maintenance and cleanliness of its schools to private agencies.
Through this, the NDMC is planning a makeover of its schools that lag behind the government schools when it comes to maintenance and cleanliness.
“The maintenance of toilets and water booths may sound a small thing but to keep the school atmosphere healthy, these things play an important role. In case of girl students, clean toilets are very necessary,” said a senior NDMC official.
There are around 650 schools under NDMC with around four lakh students. “Currently, toilets of our schools are not being maintained properly. Giving the cleanliness work to private agencies is the only solution through which we can improve our standards,” he added.
Most schools under the municipal corporation lack basic amenities such as clean toilets and drinking water and Trifurcation, which lead to shortage of manpower, has made it impossible for the corporation to provide healthy atmosphere with limited resources.
“Half of our students are girls and we if further want to improve the number, we have to provide clean toilets. There’s shortage of the non-academic staff in the schools,” the officer said.
The ambitious plan could take time to see the light of the day as the NDMC is yet to float tenders. “The plan has to go through a tedious procedure and has to be passed by the standing committee and the house before it can be implemented,” said a NDMC councillor.