While the UT education department focused on carrying out inspections and constituting committees for various issues this year, most issues continue to remain unresolved. These include the unrecognised schools in the tricity and the latest violation by schools while holding admissions.
Firstly, the committee formed to carry out inspection in over 80 unrecognised schools in the tricity has failed to initiate action two-and-a-half months later. The committee was formed by the education secretary and DPI (schools) Rubinderjit Singh Brar.
The DPI had decided to lodge an inquiry to look into the state of these schools comprising of four members and the principals of government schools in these areas. The members were asked to submit a report within fifteen days but till date no decision has been taken.
Secondly, earlier in May casting doubt over the authenticity of admissions under the EWS quota as per the RTE Act, complaints were submitted by local school principals against tehsildars for forging documents to get a seat under the said quota.
Soon after, the department sprung into action and issued notices to 21 schools for not adhering to the same. However, while the assistant estate officer Prince Dhawan had asked the education department to carry out inspection in these schools, as per the DPI (schools) the official orders are yet to reach them.
Thirdly, the DPI (schools) had also said the education department would constitute a committee to look into the deteriorating condition of government nursery schools.
The committee members were to prepare a list of things required by each school and a budget had to be set accordingly.
Even though the committee was made no comprehensive action was initiated thereafter.
Fourthly, in 2013, the UT education department had promised to set up mid-day meal kitchens in three city government schools but failed to accomplish it.
Earlier in the year, the department pledged to build the kitchen in 11 schools before the start of the new academic session.
A committee was formed in 2013 to check the possible locations to start mid day meal kitchens in schools.
The department’s proposal is yet to see the light of the day at the end of the year.
The department had planned to set up kitchens in various government schools in Sectors 33, 43 28, 25, 46 and 49.
Only seven government schools in the city in Sector 10, 15, 26, 44, 47 and Government Model High School, Sector 38 and 42 have kitchens to prepare midday measls.
Fifthly, with various local schools being caught violating the RTE during nursery admissions that kickstarted in December, the department had also given its commitment to forming a committee to look into violations by schools during admissions. While notices are issued to schools no action has been initiated yet.
Brar told HT he had joined only four months ago and added, “Since these issues are very important and sensitive, it is always better to hold deliberations at a wider platform. We are hopeful to solve all of these issues during this financial year.”