8 schools with poor infra go back to UT

CHANDIGARH: Ending a long tussle between the and the over eight dilapidated primary schools, Badnore has approved their re-transfer to the UT education department. The schools haven‘t improved in eight years with the MC either.

and school education director Rubinderjit Singh Brar said the schools lacked infrastructure and amenities since the beginning. In 2010, when primary education and primary health were handed over to the MC, the civic body was to maintain the infrastructure, while the UT education department was to manage the staff and enrolment. This divided responsibility, they claimed, led to the downfall of these schools.

For almost three years, the UT education department wanted these schools back in its control, while the MC demanded either full control or complete severance. During a meeting of the project approval board (PAB) on July 7, the ministry of human resource development told the education department to bring all primary schools of the MC under the UT education department. A communication in this regard has been sent to the MC. School education director Brar said: “The governor has approved the retransfer of these primary schools and our request for takeover is now pending with the MC commissioner.” The UT officials expect to get complete control of these schools before the next academic session.

Educationists and teachers, however, expect to see no major change in the condition of these schools after the re-transfer. “Had the education department cared to maintain these schools earlier, why would these have to be transferred,” a teacher said, adding: “Already, the UT education department can‘t maintain the schools in the periphery, so I wonder how it will maintain eight more. Had the central ministry not forced it during the PAB meeting, it would have lingered the matter on like the past three years.”

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