Even after 15 years of the program, the BMC has failed to distribute the educational kits to the students on time. Now his education department has set a deadline for contractors to deliver the remaining kits by July 31. Still, students will have to wait for the shoes and socks they will receive next month.
To encourage more students to enroll in public schools, the BMC began providing them with 27 educational items. All of these items should reach students on the first day of school. However, the distribution process has been delayed since the program launched in 2007. This year, all public schools reopened on June 13, but they had to wait for most items.
“We served notices on the contractors and asked them to complete the distribution by July 31. While paying the bills, the contractors will be penalized for the delay as per the rule. The shoes will be donated by next month, but the distribution of all kits will be complete by August 10, said Rajesh Kankal, head of education at BMC.
Currently, 2.98 lakh students are studying in 1,150 public schools. The BMC has made a provision of Rs 7 crore for teaching materials including books, raincoats, umbrellas, tiffin boxes, water bottles, shoes and socks etc. This year, the civic body has decided to change the uniform. In addition, the BMC gave Rs 270 to each student in class 8-10 to buy umbrellas themselves.
“Although schools reopened a month and a half ago, students have still not received educational kits. It’s very sad, if they have to be purchased every year, why is it delayed every year? This shows the nonchalant attitude of municipal officials. Why aren’t entrepreneurs blacklisted? questioned Ravi Raja, former leader of the opposition within the BMC.
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