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Improve sanitation in schools: L-G

The Hindu, 24 April 2014


NEW DELHI: Expressing concern over lack of cleanliness and sanitation in government schools, especially about girls’ toilets, Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung on Wednesday directed the Education Department to run a special drive to ensure improvement in the upkeep of toilets and school premises after the summer vacation.


The direction was issued after the Education Department officials made a presentation before the L-G during a review meeting at the Delhi Secretariat. “The doors of the toilets must have proper bolts and the toilets must be properly functional by the time the schools reopen,” the L-G ordered the officials.


A Delhi Government statement said the L-G also directed the Department to closely monitor the mid-day meal served to children during the summer months and ensure highest standards of quality.


“He also asked the Department to regularly inspect kitchens. CCTV cameras should be installed in the kitchens of mid day-meal suppliers, the quality of meal be maintained,” the statement said.


There are 7,000 schools in Delhi apart from 216 aided schools and 16 lakh students are studying in these schools. One lakh students are added every year.


In his presentation, Education Secretary said 7.2 lakh students are provided mid-day meals. He claimed the Department was facing shortage of 2.5 lakh desks and 1.6 lakh desks were likely to be procured shortly.


Mr. Jung also reviewed the functioning of various other departments.