MCD to acquire 70,000 desks for primary students soon
New Delhi: With about 1.5 lakh children in its primary schools attending classes sitting on the floor, the Delhi civic body will soon purchase 70,000 desks-cum-chairs to facilitate them.
The Education Department of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) is in talks with the Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan to acquire the `dual desks`.
Out of the approximately 9.5 lakh students in 1,671 MCD-run primary schools, some eight lakh children were using the dual desks, official sources said.
The remaining 1.5 lakh students have been provided with jute mats to sit on the floor.
MCD Education Committee Chairman Prithviraj Sawhaney said the civic authorities were in the process of acquiring 70,000 dual desks for facilitating the students.
"We are having negotiations with Khadi Gramodyog and we hope to finalise the deal within 15 days. We have asked them to supply 10,000 desks per month over a period of seven months. They are assessing their capacity to be sure that they will able to supply the required quantity," he said.
Each desk will cost the MCD approximately Rs 1,200-1,300, though negotiations were still on, Sawhaney said.
Asked about the remaining 80,000 students who were being forced to study sitting on floor, he said "we will resolve the problem in the next fiscal."
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