The students in many city government schools are forced to sit on the floor or on rugs this year also, as the schools do not have infrastructure. Students in many schools do not have access to clean drinking water though the Supreme Court has ordered all governments to provide this facility.
"Even in biting cold, pupils have to sit on floor as they do not have any other option. The state government wants to provide poor children also all facilities. But for the last one decade this school has not received grants," said a teacher of a government school.
The government schools in Silokhra and Jacobpura have not received the grant for infrastructure upgradation for the last 15 years.
"When it is too cold, we do not go to school. If it is windy how can you sit in the open for hours together," said a student of Silokhra government school.
"Had we been well off we would never send our ward to a government school. It is because of our financial condition that we are sending our children to such schools," said the father of student.
Manoj Kaushik, district education officer, said, "We do not get funds for benches at all. Still we have asked the school authorities to buy mats or rugs.