The Directorate of Education (DoE) has written to the PWD about the agency’s failure to complete work in several schools and says it poses a threat to students and staff. However, the government said the education department wrote the letter on behalf of Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia so that any shortcomings can be removed.
“Education is a priority sector for the Government of NCT of Delhi and Govt. wants to bring qualitative changes in the education system with all facilities in terms of infrastructure, academics, hygienic and friendly atmosphere for better quality education. “A number of complaints have been received from various schools about non-completion of the work, use of low-quality material, various deficiencies in the construction by PWD. These shortcomings impede the very purpose of the Education Directorate,” the statement of 20 July states.
In addition to the notification, a list of complaints was also attached. “Due to the above complaints, the management of the schools has been very difficult and also poses a threat to the students, staff and property of the school,” it added.
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The department has been requested to comment on the complaints. In a statement, the government said: “In the second phase of the construction program, 12,000 classrooms were built in about 240 schools. Deputy Prime Minister, PWD Minister and senior officials of both departments have conducted regular inspections at various stages of construction. During such inspections, the Deputy Prime Minister had instructed the heads of the schools involved to identify any construction deficiencies before taking possession of the new buildings.” “At the request of the Deputy Prime Minister, the education department has written to the PWD so that any shortcomings can be remedied. This letter is part of this exercise,” the statement said.
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