A day after Hindustan Times highlighted the abysmal state of toilets in the city government schools, the education department issued instructions to all schools heads to submit a report on the cleanliness of toilets, and whatever repair work is required in their school premises. A meeting of all cluster heads was also called on to look into the pathetic state of the toilets, and other issues pertaining to the government schools.
District school education (DSE) Rubinderjit Singh Brar said, “We have sought reports from all the heads on the issue. The district education officer (DEO) has been tasked to look into the matter.”
Talking to HT, DEO Vijay Sood confirmed that the circulars had already been issued to schools seeking detailed reports. She added a meeting of 20 cluster heads was held on Thursday afternoon to discuss the deteriorating condition of toilets in government schools. “We have also asked them to provide information on the remaining repair work at these schools, and to ensure cleanliness at the earliest,” she said.
Various cluster heads even pointed out that officials of the public health department did not revert to the schools’ complaints and hence the repair work was not carried out in time. Meanwhile, the issue of lack of grants was also cited as a reason, she maintains.
Sood added, “Since the finance is an obstacle, for now, we have asked the schools to ensure basic hygiene, and repair work done as soon as the budget for the next financial year is allocated.”The department has, nonetheless, requested the schools to carry out the maintenance work at their end.
While the new UT adviser wishes to prioritise cleanliness in all areas, including schools, HT on Wednesday had visited five government schools and highlighted how they didn’t even have proper toilets. While in one school, a toilet was under-constructions, others had broken doors, dysfunctional taps and flush and broken toilet seats, and water coolers placed inside the toilet of one of the schools.
Besides, other issues pertaining to government schools were also discussed in the meeting. To avoid untoward instances, the school heads and other teachers have been directed to leave school premises only after all the students leave the campus.
To discuss such issues more often, the DEO said a meeting with all cluster heads will be held every month from now on.