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Posted at: Apr 17, 2018, 1:48 AM; last updated: Apr 17, 2018, 1:48 AM (IST)

Govt school students wait for uniforms

Naina Mishra

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 16

While, the academic session has already started from April 3, students are still waiting for summer uniforms and other material, which they are entitled to get under the Punjab State Education Board (PSEB) scheme.

Government school students from classes I to VIII under Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan and reserved categories students of classes IX and X get free uniforms.

Till last year, schools survived on a meagre grant of Rs400 per student for the uniforms. Some schools did not even receive the grants until December last year and managed through donations.

Kanwaljot Kaur, the Principal of Government Senior Secondary School, Ayali Khurd, said, “We have not received any grant for students’ uniforms. There are some students who are needy and cannot afford uniforms on their own. We have to spend from our pockets for these children.”

Kusum Lata, Principal of Government High School, Sarabha Nagar, said, “No uniforms have been received till date. Last year also we did not get uniforms and managed through donations.”

Gurpreet, a member of Democratic Teachers Front, said, “The grant of Rs 400 is irrational. A complete kit of uniforms includes shirt, trouser, shoes, socks, patka, salwar, dupatta and so on. How can all of this be purchased in such a small amount? Among other itineraries, books are reaching school compounds in a staggered manner but there is no talk of uniforms for the students.” Last year, the Education Minister, Aruna Chaudhary, also promised to give free uniforms and books to the school students prior to the commencement of academic session.

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