New Delhi: The sorry state of  primary schools in the national capital run by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) could be very well understood by the fact that a number of schools are being run in sheds and in partially constructed buildings.

Ironically, the MCD has spent crores on the construction of a brand new civic centre at the heart of the city but shown least interest in improving the condition of primary schools.

Notably, the MCD provided a sum of Rs 1127 crore in the last budget for the upgradation of these schools but nothing has been done in this regard so far. Students are forced to study in sheds due to which they often fall ill.

At present 214 primary schools are running in sheds, porta cabins or unconstructed buildings. This was revealed after the MCD replied to an RTI filed by a Dainik Jagran correspondent.

Replying on behalf of the MCD, the deputy director informed that the MCD has space for 1233 schools where classes are held in two shifts (morning and afternoon).

Out of the total number of schools 813 are being run in fully constructed buildings, while 81 are being operated under sheds and porta cabins.

At the same time 133 schools are being operated in semi-constructed buildings, another 115 schools are being operated in both fully constructed and semi constructed buildings.
 
Notably, the MCD is responsible only for primary schools (Class I-IV) of the capital.

JPN/Bureau