AAP: SDMC looting funds in name of increasing number of students in its schools

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AAP: SDMC looting funds in name of increasing number of students in its schools

Sunday, 23 January 2022 | Staff Reporter | NEW DELHI

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief spokesperson and MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj on Saturday accused the BJP-ruled south corporation of “looting” funds in the name of increasing number of students in its schools.

“The corporation is lying about the number of student enrolled in South MCD schools in order to get funds for facilities like midday meals, uniforms, books, and more. All of it indicates a massive corruption scandal,” he

 said. Bhardwaj said that the South MCD is citing an increase of 93,000. “We believe that many students have left MCD schools as a result of the dismal condition of these schools,” he said.

Kuldeep Khatri, the head of MCD School Teachers Association said that the merger of schools proves that the increase of one lakh in number of students is baseless. 29 schools are being shut in South MCD while it claims an increase of 93,000 students on paper. “This figure is a doubtful, false claim. The Delhi Government added 20,000 classrooms since 2015, while MCD schools were reduced from 1,739 to 1,637. While the Delhi Government gets praised for transforming the face of public education globally, the BJP-ruled MCD gets ridiculed for the dilapidated state of its schools,” he said.

Replying to AAP’s claim, Delhi BJP Spokesperson Praveen Shankar Kapoor said that with civic polls nearing the anxiety of AAP leaders to malign the image of municipal corporations is increasing with every passing day and they are now raising irrational issues.

AAP leader Saurabh Bhardwaj has raised the issue of merger of few schools of South DMC which is totally irrational. “Several areas of Delhi which were originally residential have with passage of time converted into commercial areas and people have shifted residence from there to other parts. In schools in such areas the number of students has drastically gone done due to which MCD has been forced to merge them with nearby properly operative schools,” he added.

Kapoor further said that during Covid phase due to economic reasons thousands of parents have been forced to withdraw their wards from private schools and admit them in municipal primary schools thereby raising strength of students studying in municipal schools.

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