CHANDIGARH: The Punjab State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (PSCPCR) has ordered the State School Education Department to complete works on the perimeter walls of 4,101 state schools by March 31, 2021.
The order came after a complaint by activist and lawyer Hari Chand Arora, who had alerted the commission that many state schools have either incomplete perimeter walls or no perimeter walls at all, roaming the school grounds with stray animals such as dogs and cows posing as a threat poses a serious threat to student safety.
After the Commission obtained the Government School Education Ministry’s response to the complaint, it was found that the exterior walls of 3,777 Punjab government schools are either incomplete or in need of repairs. In addition, 324 state schools have no perimeter walls.
After reviewing the Ministry of Education’s response, the commission directed the Secretary of the Ministry to ensure the completion or repair of the perimeter walls of all these schools by the end of the 2020-2021 financial year by approving funds from the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) or the State Government or the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard).