With winter creeping in, the children aged between 4 and 10 studying in seven government primary schools are set to be hassled as they are made to sit on floors in absence of benches.
The schools are being run by the Chandigarh municipal corporation (MC).
The city mayor had pointed out the pitiable condition of the classrooms and hygiene issue a few months ago during her visit but no action has been initiated yet to bring improvements.
Also, the primary education committee comprising eight members and headed by MC councilor Sheela Devi is lying defunct, despite the fact that funds were sanctioned to the committee to provide the basic facilities to the schools.
MC councilor Saurabh Joshi said, “Although MC got the charge of public health and primary education a few years ago, unfortunately, we were not given any financial power. We are yet to be given an independent charge. This is why nothing has been initiated yet by the primary education committee which comprises eight or nine members.”
According to Joshi, the intervention of mayor or the area councilors will not help. “UT adviser needs to intervene personally. Though we have given a lot of deliberations over the issue of primary schools to the administration, nothing has been done yet,” he said.
When contacted, mayor Poonam Sharma said option to buy some furniture for schools from the Burail jail was being mulled but as the process needs a lot of formalities, “we have now planned to float the tenders for the furniture.”
The mayor said changes would be done in the seven primary schools amid Diwali break that would last for around 10 days. The process includes repair works, painting of the walls and provision of RO water purifier, she said.
According to Sharma, since the tender floating process will take time, the primary education committee of the MC has proposed adoption of every school by the area councilors for betterment.
“This issue will be raised in the next house meet, where we will decide that how the councilors could work on the schools. Meanwhile, on November 26, the UT adviser will be inaugurating another primary school in Sector 49. The school will function under the MC,” she added.
Primary School in Sector 49 to open soon
In an addition to the seven government primary schools, UT Advisor Vijay Kumar Dev will be inaugurating another primary school in Sector 49 on November 26.
The school will function under the MC. Government primary school, Sector 12, Sector 26, Buterla, Mauli Complex, Railway Colony and two primary schools in Manimajra were transferred to the MC by the UT education department four years ago.