First session of academic year ends without books, uniforms, stationary

The Delhi government, however, has submitted an action report in the matter to Delhi High Court, indicating a timeline to address different issues.
Advocate Ashok Agarwal for petitioner NGO ‘Social Jurist’ said that he was told that textbooks had not been distributed to students.
Advocate Ashok Agarwal for petitioner NGO ‘Social Jurist’ said that he was told that textbooks had not been distributed to students. Express photo

NEW DELHI: The first session of academic year 2024-25 is over without the distribution of books, uniforms and stationary to the students. This is the plight of the Delhi government schools.

The Delhi government, however, has submitted an action report in the matter to Delhi High Court, indicating a timeline to address different issues. According to the report, procurement of dual desks would be completed by July 2024, textbook distribution started on April 22 (this year) and is to be completed by May 10, before summer vacations commence; writing material has been distributed to all admitted students and will continue till the completion of admissions.

Delhi government’s standing counsel Santosh K Tripathi submitted: “We have given a timeline for procurement of dual desks. Tin schools have been shifted to pucca buildings. A porta building is also functional, and will, till the construction works continue. As soon as the construction is completed, we will shift all the students to pucca structures.”

Advocate Ashok Agarwal for petitioner NGO ‘Social Jurist’ said that he was told that textbooks had not been distributed to students. The plea highlights the lack of facilities such as textbooks and furniture in certain schools of the district, including GGSSS Khajoori Khas, GGSSS East Gokal Pur, SKV C-1 Yamuna Vihar, GGSSS Sonia Vihar, and GGSSS Bhajanpura among others.

Agarwal shared, “The high court has again pulled up Delhi government after it was informed that books have not been distributed to 10 lakh students studying up to class 8 as the same is yet to be printed. This fact was admitted by the director of education physically present in the court.”

He also added, “Over 6 lakhs Class 9-12 students of Delhi government schools are yet to receive Rs 1,500 towards uniform and Rs 730 towards books and stationery purchases in academic year 2024-25. It was admitted by DOE personally present in court today and assured early release of amounts to the students’ accounts.”

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