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Upgrade scheme for civic schools

The state government will inspect the infrastructure of the 270-odd civic schools in the city, especially toilets for girls, and take steps for their improvement, education minister Partha Chatterjee said on Thursday.

“I have reports that many of the Calcutta Municipal Corporation-run schools are in a bad state. The government wants to upgrade the infrastructure of these schools as they cater to a large number of children from downtrodden and lower-middle class families,” Chatterjee said at a Town Hall programme.

“The Calcutta district inspector of schools will be asked to examine the CMC schools and submit a report to the government as early as possible so that prompt action can be taken for the upgrade.”

The programme was organised to felicitate class toppers at the civic schools.

The responsibility to upgrade the infrastructure of the city’s civic schools lies with the CMC. Sources said the state government had decided to step in following a complaint of molestation by a student of a state-aided school in Baghajatin.

A Class VII student at Jadavpur Sammilito Valika Vidyalaya, in Baghajatin, had alleged that an intruder had molested her in the toilet.

The minister said appropriate steps were being taken to beef up security and improve the condition of the toilets at the school on the basis of a report he had received from the head of the institution on Wednesday.

The report suggests that the height of the boundary wall of the school has to be raised to prevent unauthorised entry of outsiders and the toilets need to be improved, the minister said.

“We are trying to arrange funds for upgrading the school’s security and improving the facilities, like increasing the height of the boundary wall,” Chatterjee said.

“The parents’ agitation at the Baghajatin school had embarrassed the state government. A large number of CMC schools are in a shabby condition and do not have any security for the students. The government wants to upgrade the schools to prevent any further embarrassment,” said a source.