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Short of staff, SDMC schools struggle to meet RTE standards

In a report submitted to the house on Tuesday, the municipal commissioner of South Delhi Municipal Corporation admitted that several primary schools are facing shortage of teachers and basic facilities.
According to the report, around 7,400 teachers are required to maintain student and teacher ratio in accordance with the guidelines set under the Right to Education (RTE) Act. Around 431 posts for teachers, however, are vacant.

The corporation has 429 school buildings, 159 schools run classes in double shifts. Similarly,
several schools don’t have desks. The corporation needs 32,100 desks to make proper seating arrangements in its schools.
‘The department has concealed facts. In central zone alone 15 schools are being run from porta cabins, 44 schools lack desks and eight schools don’t have toilet facilities,’ said Virender Kasana, Congress councillor who is also chairman of the central zone.

Kasana demanded a fresh survey of all the schools in South DMC area in consultation with area councillors. Similarly, deputy mayor and BSP councillor Sahiram said, ‘In schools in my area the classes are being run without teachers,’ he added.

The councillors cutting across party lines, however, praised the initiatives of chairman of education committee of South DMC Satish Upadhayay but demanded urgent action on issues.
‘We direct the commissioner to recruit teachers on contract,’ said Subhash Arya, leader of House in South DMC announcing Rs 40 lakh for sports activities.
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