The road to school is long and bumpy for these children | Delhi News

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New Delhi: Nand Kishore, a day laborer living near the Kapashera border in South West Delhi, transferred his daughter to a public school from a private school as her earnings were affected due to the pandemic.
But for her, it will now mean traveling almost 5 km without any means of transport because places at the school near her home in Samalkha are full.
Since 2018, overcrowding in public schools in Samalkha has been raised on different occasions. Currently, there are only two schools in the area that operate on a rotational basis.
Previously, the former MP for Bijwasan, Devinder Kumar Sehrawat, approached the Lieutenant Governor to request a senior secondary school in the area.
The Directorate of Education had written to the SDM asking for the allocation of land for this purpose, but nothing happened.
In October 2021, the current MPP, Bhupinder Singh Joon, approached Deputy CM and Education Minister Manish Sisodia to demand the same.
“Because the schools are overcrowded, many students are not admitted. The neighboring areas and villages are densely populated. For example, Kapashera has a population of 5 lakh, which makes building another school in the area all the more important,” Joon wrote.
He also mentioned that there was enough gram sabha land available in the village. In the boys’ school, there are 4,974 pupils and 5,983 in the girls’ school. Both operate in rotation.
On June 10, when the Indian Parents Association (AIPA) visited the region as part of the “Chalo School” campaign, a large number of parents and students pointed out the same problem. AIPA President Ashok Agarwal has written to the Delhi government asking for transportation for female students until a new school is built.
“Hundreds of students have complained to us. The majority of the students are girls and their main concern is being assigned a school far from their home. Besides the lack of government buses, taxi and automobile services are also not available. Therefore, students and their parents want to be transferred to Samalkha schools or provided with alternative facilities, such as free transportation. Otherwise, they may have to withdraw their name,” Agarwal said.
He also submitted a list of 18 students who had filed complaints through him.
Kishore, whose daughter is studying in class VII, said: “The school is far from the main road. How will small children travel? We are daily laborers so cannot afford pick up and drop off facilities. I had submitted Samalkha’s proof of address, but Bijwasan school was still assigned to me.
Samiksha’s mother, a Class IX student, said: “We don’t know how to send him to school. We cannot send him in private taxis with strangers. It will be great if our children are transferred to school nearby.
However, the DoE said it had already written to the Deputy Commissioner (South West) on May 12 requesting the allocation of land in the area for the construction of another school. “The district education officer has already identified the land and the same has been communicated to the deputy commissioner,” an official added.
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