Minister admits students abandoning govt schools



Dehra (Feb 10): Admitting his own government’s failure in advancing school infrastructure, Himachal Pradesh Food and Civil Supply Minister Ramesh Dhawala today said that about 800 government schools in the state are on the verge of closure as there has been a trend of children taking admission in private school for better education.

Presiding at a public information campaign being held in Dehra under the auspices of Press Information Bureau, Shimla, he urged the Centre to restore the system of providing dry ration under the mid-day meal programme, as in the past, instead of cooked food, in schools. Dhawala observed that studies were being hampered as teachers in the schools have to get involved in cooking of food and maintaining records of ration. He also said that

Stating that center has provided plenty of funds under MNREGA, he however, said that the funds have remained unutilized due to change made in the provision of proportion for material and labour.

Earlier, a rally of schools students on universalisation of education was flagged off at Dehra by SDM Rakesh Sharma. The students of various schools holding banners and paper cutouts depicting value of education took part in the rally. The procession started from Shahid Bhuwanesh Dogra stadium passed through the main bazaar, bus stand streets of the town.

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