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Month on, no books, uniforms for many govt school students

Government run schools, Right to Education

Chandigarh Even a month after the beginning of the new academic session, a number of students in city government schools are yet to receive textbooks. Reason: The UT Education Department has failed to provide books at one of the two centres set up for distribution of books. As per the provisions of the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009, all the government school students are entitled to receive free books and uniforms upto Class VIII. The department had this year set up two centres for distribution of books, one each at Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS), Sector 35, and Government Girls Senior Secondary School (GGSSS), Sector 18.

While the books at GMSSS, Sector 35, available only for boys belonging to general category were directly funded by the department, those at the other centre were to be provided to all girls and boys of Scheduled Castes/Tribes being funded by Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan Society.

As of date, the department has failed to coordinate with the SSA Society to provide books at the GGSSS, Sector 18, centre. Consequently, none of the girls studying in classes I to VIII across 104 government schools in the city have received the textbooks.

When contacted, Deputy Director School Education (DDSE), also the project coordinator for SSA, Chanchal Singh said, “I am not aware of the purchase of any of the items related to the students. I am not supposed to comment on the issue.”

Sources say the delay in release of fund by the SSA Society for the purchase of books has led to further delay in supply of books.

Also, none of the students has received the uniforms as of date. “The process of decentralisation of purchase of the uniforms has led to the delay in the supply of uniforms. While tenders have been called, the samples will first go to committee for approval and then the uniforms will be sent across to schools,” said a department official.

Indian Express, 05 May 2012

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