AAP MLAs Visit MCD School To Highlight 'Poor Condition', Civic Body Criticises 'Reckless Competition'

AAP MLAs Visit MCD School To Highlight 'Poor Condition', Civic Body Criticises 'Reckless Competition'

New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party MLAs visited the Municipal Corporation of Delhi-run schools to highlight their alleged poor condition. The civic issued a statement, denying that the school infrastructure run by the civic body was “poorer than those run by the city government”.

The party’s chief spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj and other legislators, live-streamed their visit to MCD schools on social media platforms, highlighting the “poor condition” of their buildings, classrooms, toilets, and campuses, and slammed the BJP for raising questions on the Delhi government’s expenditure on the construction of its schools.

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According to news agency PTI, the MCD called AAP’s move a “reckless competition” and said that this “intrusion by a group of 30-40 people in their schools was uncalled-for” and the children had to “suffer a rude break to the harmonious rhythm of their learning process”.

“A reckless competition to parade video clips of MCD classrooms on Twitter and other social media platforms began to prove that MCD schools have poor infrastructure and have overburdened teachers and overflowing classes. It is hoped that NCPCR, Delhi Commission of Women, DCPCR, etc. take note of such breach and call for appropriate action against trespassers in schools who put safety and security of children at bay,” the civic body said, according to PTI.

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“MCD denies that its school infrastructure is poorer than Delhi government-run schools,” the civic body said in a statement.

“The corporation does not let any child go back without admission and it believes in every child’s right to education,” the statement claimed.

The MCD further noted that “It was claimed on Twitter that the infrastructure of Delhi government schools is better than MCD schools. MCD completely denies such a claim.” 

“It also asks those who question the infrastructure of MCD schools to give a thought to whether MCD is getting its funds for infrastructure as provided for in the rules of government business”.

It is a sad commentary that the funds given by the Delhi government to MCD schools have been a “trickle in comparison to a gush of funds for Delhi government schools,” the civic body claimed.

“Broadly, the funds allotted by the Delhi government to MCD under infrastructure creation/capital assets/repair and maintenance have been Rs 0 (zero rupee) in 2020-21, Rs 21 cr in 2021-22 and Rs 7.5 crore in 2022-23 for over 1,535 MCD schools,” the Corporation further asserted.

In comparison, Delhi government schools have been provided “more than Rs 1,500 crore every year for its 1,100 schools”, the MCD pointed out, as reported by PTI.

A little coaxing and Twitter pleas to the Delhi government by those raising the issue may help address the alleged problem to a great extent, it said.

(With PTI inputs)