Director Public Instructions (DPI), secondary, Balbir Singh Dhol directed districts education officers (DEOs) of 11 districts of the state to send the result of water samples of the schools till February 28.
Ludhiana is among the 11 districts of the state that failed to send the required information to the DPI office. As many as 50 government schools of the district are yet to send the information to DEO and now the schools are provided with water testing kits.
Science teachers have been directed to take the water samples and send a report to the district education office so that the information could be send to the DPI office on time.
Ludhiana DEO, secondary, received the orders from the DPI office on February 24 and science teachers of 50 government schools were directed to attend the lecture delivered by water and sanitation department officials on February 25.
On December 30, C Roul, principal secretary, school education, had directed all district education officers of Punjab to send a report of water samples. The last date to send the report of water samples was January 15 which was then extended to February 11.
Talking to HT, District education officer, secondary, Paramjit Kaur Chahal said, "We have received the H2S kits for water testing from SAS Nagar and now science teachers are directed to take water samples and then send a report to our office. Officials of water supply and sanitation department delivered a lecture for the teachers on Edusat on Thursday so that the teachers could have the idea on how test the water sample. After testing, they are directed to report us as the last date to send the information is February 28."
She added, "Head of several schools had informed us the reason of delay was that they had not received report of water samples from departments concerned. So that's why now the science teachers will take samples and report to us,"
There are 526 government middle, high and senior secondary schools in the Ludhiana district, of which water samples of around 25 government schools failed the purity test.
However, the district education officer, elementary, had on January 16 written to the director general school education (DGSE) office that 824 government primary schools in the district failed to supply safe drinking water to the children. There are 1,559 primary schools in the district.