After BMC elections, Mumbai schools get new duty of clearing up the mess
The schools said they wanted to resume their oral and practical assessments for the board exams but instead, they were forced to spend hours tidying up their premisesmumbai Updated: Feb 23, 2017 08:22 IST
A day after the elections, schools used as polling centres were left with the job of clearing up papers and food wrappers strewn across its premises and rearranging its benches.
A teachers association, Teachers Democratic Front, complained to the education department that they had a tough time clearing up the mess on Wednesday, when they resumed classes and the HSC practical exams.
In many schools, benches in classrooms were rearranged for the polls but were not straightened out later. Similarly, pieces of paper, used plastic cups, food packets and other election-related material littered the floors. In schools like the Fatima Devi English School in Malad, benches were dragged out to the playground for polling, but were not returned to classrooms.
The schools said they wanted to resume their oral and practical assessments for the board exams but instead, they were forced to spend hours tidying up their premises.
“We had to take the help of the students to clean up classrooms and corridors,” said Rajesh Pandya, a senior teacher from the school. Pandya said the teachers were already exhausted after spending long hours on poll duty for two days. “School peons and teachers who were on election duty were relieved of work past midnight. The election commission must assign this work to the people who run the booth during polls,” said Pandya.
At a secondary school in Vikhroli, it was a similar scene. “The day after the election was a nightmare. Furniture was upturned, podiums raised during polls were not dismantled. We had a tough time straightening it out,” said a teacher from the school, not wishing to be named.
Teachers said their previous complaints to the department fell on deaf ears .
“In the past too, we have complained several times on this issue. But nothing is being done about it. With the electronic voting machines, we expected schools to be cleaner, but that hasn’t happened,” said Anil Bornare, teacher, Swami Muktantanda High School, Chembur.