Schools told to provide basic amenities to students

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New Delhi, Sep 2 (UNI) Delhi Government today issued directions to all Deputy Directors, Education Officers, Principals and school administrators to ensure basic amenities such as drinking water, electricity, sanitation, ceiling fans and washroom on the school premises as these could not be denied to young learners and students who are bound to become future leaders of the country.

Chairing a review meeting of the school authorities of Sonia Vihar (5th Pushta) and Dallupura Schools wherein Secretary Education, Director Education and other senior officers were present, Delhi Education Minister Arvinder Singh asked schools to submit daily reports on cleanliness of the toilets, water and power supply, availability of drinking water, including functioning or non-functioning/ deficiencies online everyday without fail to the Directorate of Education.

Taking cognisance of the newspaper reports of lack of amenities in some schools, the Minister warned the respective school officials to either provide the basic necessties or else face action.

At the meeting, the minister was apprised of the present conditions of these schools.

Reiterating the commitment of the city Government to project the image of Government Schools which have otherwise shown best academic achievements, Mr Singh warned that if any school fails to do so, then the Principals, Deputy Directors, and Education Officers would be held personally liable and fined heavily on the lines of Right to Information Act.

He asked the erring schools to provide fans in each room, besides good clean toilets and good security round the clock to take care of the school property. He further asked them to shift half the number of students to the nearby schools and start new shifts to ease the pressure on the amenities and schools. He added that any school found flouting these guidelines will have to face action.

Cautioning officials and the agencies to deliver the goods or face the music, Mr Singh said,''the poor people send their wards to study in the Government schools and it is duty of the government to meet the aspiration of the common people.'' The Minister also directed the respective Deputy Directors to go personally in the field and check the schools for any deficiency in these basic amenities. The Directorate of Education is in the process of upgrading all the existing facilities in the school buildings of the government schools, he added.

Noting that education plays a very positive part in the development of children, Mr Singh said,'' Good education can't be provided in dirty and dingy surroundings.'' He said the system of providing such basic amenities should come in existence at the earliest to prevent the untoward incidents.

He said good ambience helps in all-round development of the kids and it is their fundamental right to get it.

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