Despite violations of affiliation norms set by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) by some UT government schools, nothing much has been done by the board to date.
All government schools in the city have affiliation from the board, but a few do not follow the conditions set by the board. As per the board’s guidelines, each school should have about two acres of land and the building should be constructed on a part of the land and there should be proper playgrounds on the remaining land.
Although the UT education department had bifurcated the planned budget to be used for the city schools so as to build 16 sports complexes, many local schools continue to not have playgrounds. These school grounds will be developed and converted into complexes as per the education officials. The department has reserved a budget of Rs 22 crore for it.
The norms further state that schools should create outdoor facilities for a 200 metre track and there should be adequate land for kabaddi and kho-kho and the school should also have facilities to play volleyball.
This scheme of constructing the sports complexes in the schools was proposed back in 2014 by the department and layouts were also prepared, but due to lack of funds, the project could not be implemented then.
However, when questioned about the slow progress of work, education secretary Sarvjit Singh told Hindustan Times: “The work is going at a fine pace. The civil work is on, fencing and gates are being constructed and playgrounds will be ready soon.”
The principal of a government school said it is nothing new that the department has claimed to do so. “They always end up taking more time than expected. Implementation is always a concern,” she said.
CBSE regional officer RJ Khanderao, when asked to comment on the issue, could not clear the stand of the board on the violations in the city schools. He said it was the administration’s duty to look into violations by the government schools. “All schools must abide by the guidelines and should ideally have playgrounds,” he added. When asked about those that do not have one, he said, “Action can only be taken when we receive a written complaint.”