New Delhi, FEB 13 2021|| News Desk

Synopsis:
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia went to Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat, when Delhi was seized of the Corona pandemic and the farmers’ protests, to tom-tom about the ‘achievements’ of Government schools in Delhi, though his bluff has been called by the missing students’ data.

Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Ch. Anil Kumar said that the boast of Delhi’s so-called “Education Model”, about which Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has been parroting, has been laid bare, as the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown has inflicted a severe blow on children from poor families in continuing their schooling. According to data available, nearly 1.66 lakh students of Delhi Government and Municipal Corporations of Delhi schools have fallen off the radar, and the Aam Aadmi Party and BJP Governments, who rule Delhi Government and the MCDs respectively, have no idea about their whereabouts.

Ch. Anil Kumar said that it was shocking that Sisodia went to Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat, when Delhi was seized of the Corona pandemic and the farmers’ protests, to tom-tom about the ‘achievements’ of Government schools in Delhi, though his bluff has been called by the missing students’ data. He said that under the Rights to Education (RTE) Act, 2009, passed by the Congress-led UPA Government, it is the responsibility of the State to bring out-of-school children to our educational system, but despite laks of students untraced, the Arvind Government and the MCDs have not bothered to make any sincere effort to find them.

Ch. Anil Kumar said that nearly 31000 students from Delhi Government schools, 44,000 students from South Delhi Municipal Corporation, 58,000 students from New Delhi Municipal Council and 33600 students from East Delhi Municipal Corporation, have gone “missing” from the school rosters, but sadly neither the Delhi Government nor the Municipal Corporations, have bothered to locate them.

Ch. Anil Kumar said that it was a matter of serious concern that, considering the fact that these children mostly hailed from economically weaker sections of migrant labour, who suffered the worst impact due to the Covid-19 pandemic shut down, were either forced to return to their respective native villages, might have been engaged in child labour. He wondered that if the educational institutions had not done anything to trace these children, what have the Delhi Government and MCDs done to locate them?

Ch. Anil Kumar said that it was a question of empowering these poor children through education, and the Delhi Government and the MCDs should take the help of all the agencies to bring them back so that they could resume their broken education. He said that these poor children should not be denied quality schooling, as only education can ensure a better future for them.

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