A day after HT highlighted the pitiable condition of the Railway Colony Government Primary School’s classrooms, the Chandigarh municipal corporation (MC), sprung into action. Municipal commissioner Bhawna Garg told SDM (east) Danish Ashraf to visit the school on Thursday to look into the matter and also issued a written order to the primary education committee.
Talking of how the committee had been lying defunct for almost a year now, Garg said she has issued directives to MC councillor Sheila Devi to look into the matter and resolve it within a week.
“I have asked the MC councillor to ensure that all demands of the school authorities are fulfilled so that the children at least have benches and tables to study. I was appalled to know that they are made to sit on the floor,” said the commissioner.
She also informed that she had asked the SDM (east) to prepare a detailed report of other issues being faced by the staff and students of the school.
Meanwhile, Ashraf told HT that he was taken aback by the condition in which the students were studying and has asked the school authorities to prepare a fresh list of demands so that he could take a stand before the commission and have new infrastructure in place before peak winters. “I don’t wish to see them sitting on the floor at all, especially in winters,” added Ashraf.
Sources also revealed that the MC officials would also send a proposal to the UT education department to ensure that excess students should be shifted to other neighbouring government schools. Confirming the same, Garg said, “I plan to take it up with the DPI(S) in a meeting.”
The double-shift school, which has over 250 students enrolled, has tiny classrooms without proper lighting and has accommodated 40 students in a room with a capacity of about 15-20. In absence of a playground, the kids are forced to play in a nearby park.
School principal Kuldeep Sharma said, “I was away for a cremation, but was told that a team of MC officials had visited our school as well as other primary schools to conduct inspection around noon today. I am glad some initiative has been taken.”
In addition to the seven government primary schools in the city, another primary school in Sector 49 will be inaugurated on November 26. A senior official of the civic body said, “What’s the point of opening more primary schools in the city when the existing ones are not maintained properly?”