Delhi

Review meeting held on 12,000 additional classrooms

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia (centre) and Public Works Department Minister Satyendar Jain at the meeting on Wednesday.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia (centre) and Public Works Department Minister Satyendar Jain at the meeting on Wednesday.  

Officials directed to start work at 32 sites in schools from mid-Oct; DoE told to hear teachers’ grievances

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Public Works Department (PWD) Minister Satyendar Jain on Wednesday carried out a joint review of the progress made regarding infrastructure work in Delhi government schools.

The discussion revolved around the initiative to build 12,000 additional classrooms, the government said in a statement. Senior officials of the Directorate of Education (DoE) and the PWD were at the meeting.

“The Ministers directed the officials to start construction work at 32 sites from mid-October 2018. The work is likely to be completed in the next 9-10 months. Work is already under way at three school sites, and the PWD will complete it and hand it over to the DoE next month,” the statement read.

In a related development, the statement added that teachers of Delhi government schools have been provided “major relief” with Mr. Sisodia asking senior DoE officials to give top priority to their grievances. Mr. Sisodia, read the statement, pointed out that teachers needed to be supported and any task which takes their time away from teaching should be reduced by “simplifying the process and using appropriate technology”.

Scrap fee: Sisodia

“Mr. Sisodia also directed the Secretary of Education to submit a proposal to scrap school fee which students of classes 9 to 12 are required to pay. This amount is just ₹20 per month but cumbersome process of collection of this amount and maintenance of record by the teacher in-charge is unwarranted,” the statement read.

9,000 guest teachers

It also stated that an additional 9,000 guest teachers will join government schools by August 14, “which will ensure that all schools have teachers as per their requirement”.

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