120 Karnal government schools get 6,200 desks: The Tribune India


Tribune press service

Parveen Arora

Karnal, August 25

Pupils in public schools in the Karnal block will no longer sit on mats in classrooms as 120 schools in the block have been equipped with 6,200 double desks.

CM initiated the project

After the CM started the project, we asked for the requirement of double offices in the Karnal block. School committees were given the power to purchase desks. Raj Pal, DEO

Improved infra a priority

Upgrading infrastructure in schools is a top government priority. We also contacted school offices in the remaining five blocks. Anish Yadav, DC

This is the first time in Haryana that school management committees have purchased double desks. Previously, a high-powered purchasing committee purchased offices.

Due to the shortage of desks, pupils were forced to sit on mats even in winter at many schools in the block.

La Tribune had highlighted the issue recently.

The students also showed their enthusiasm for the delivery of new offices.

“We have been sitting on the ground for several months due to the lack of offices. The new desks have beautified our classrooms,” said Amit, a student.

Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had announced the purchase of double desks by school committees in June, for which he had selected the Karnal block.

Of the 168 public schools in the Karnal block, 120 had increased demand for 7,705 double desks. Of the 7,705 desks, no less than 6,200 have been provided so far.

Education Department officials said the rest would be provided within the week.

“After the CM launched the pilot project, we had asked for the requirement of double desks in the schools in the Karnal block. School management committees have been given authority to purchase desks by following proper procedure,” said Raj Pal, District Education Officer (DEO).

“I also asked the principals to draw up a list of offices that needed to be repaired. A budget request to repair 1,637 has been sent to higher authorities,” the DEO added.

A block-level steering committee, made up of the Block Education Officer (BEO), the most senior principal, a member of the school management committee and a member of the parent-teacher association has also been constituted. This committee oversaw the entire process.

District Primary Education Officer (DEEO), Rohtash Verma, said the step was initiated to empower school committees and actively participate in improving school infrastructure.

Of the process, the DEEO said: “They had called all the willing vendors and informed them of the specifications for the dual desks. They also displayed samples at the cluster level. Quotations were requested from suppliers. A committee consisting of the DEO, DEEO, BEO, all cluster coordinators and school management committees finalized the rates.

Sample desks have been sent for quality testing and payment will only be made after the samples pass the test, the DEEO added.

Deputy Commissioner Anish Yadav said he would soon implement the step across all blocks, adding: “We have also requested desks from schools in the remaining five blocks.”

“Upgrading basic infrastructure in schools is of utmost importance to the government. We will be taking this initiative to other blocks soon,” the DC said.

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