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Four lakh students in NDMC schools left waiting for exercise books since April 1

The children in NDMC-run schools were supposed to be given notebooks by April 1, but officials claim that the education department has not received any funds for stationery so far.

“Textbooks have been provided to us but where will the students write? They are bringing exercise books from home as of now. All the stationery is supposed to be provided by the corporation free of cost,” one of the teachers told Mail Today, requesting anonymity.

The NDMC is running 746 primary schools. According to officials, the education department has not received any budget for stationery so far.

“They are playing with the future of these students. These political leaders make tall promises but only few of them are actually implemented,” Mukesh Goyal, leader of the Opposition in NDMC told Mail Today.

The All India Parents Association (AIPA) has also written a letter to the Commissioner of NDMC and to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal about the plight of these students.

“It is a matter of national shame that the authorities running these schools are so callously disposed towards the education of these children. The inaction on their part is in utter violation of the right to education guaranteed to these students under Articles 27 and 21-A of the Constitution of India read with the provisions of RTE Act, 2009,” Ashok Aggarwal, national president of AIPA wrote in the letter.

The Supreme Court in 2011 had ruled that any barriers, including financial ones, which prevented children from getting quality education, should be removed. Section 8(1) of the Delhi RTE Act also states that entitlements — including books, uniforms and writing material — have to be provided by schools. He also blamed Delhi government for ignoring the issue.

“It is the responsibility of the state government to implement the provisions under the Act. Surprisingly, Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal does not at all talk about the plight of these 10lakh students studying in the primary schools run by the three municipal corporations,” added Aggarwal.

When Mail Today contacted RK Bansiwal, chairman of education committee of NDMC, said: “We provided the students with books. Exercise books will be given to them within the next two weeks. There was an issue with the budget but now it has been sanctioned.”

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