Some of the schools run by the MCD are “houses of horror”, the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) noted after carrying out a surprise inspection and finding them without adequate safety and sanitation facilities.
In one of the school premises that DCW inspected on May 20 and 21, the panel claimed to have found syringes, drugs, cigarette cases, gutka wrappers and even liquor bottles broken.
The inspection came days after the panel launched an investigation into the state of student safety and security in schools after two girls were allegedly sexually assaulted at a school run by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi to Bhajanpura earlier this month.
Bhai Mandeep Nagpal Nigam Vidhyalaya, Aruna Nagar (North), Nigam Pratibha Sah Shiksha Vidhyalaya, Kewal Park (North), Purvi Dilli Nagar Nigam Pratibha Vidhyalaya, Mustafabad (East) and Dakshini Dilli Nagar Nigam Prathmik Sah Bal Balika Vidhyalaya, Sanjay Colony, Bhati The Mines (South) are the schools that have been inspected.
DCW said its teams found the doors to those four schools open and there were no security guards.
After finding syringes, drugs and broken alcohol bottles among other substances on the school premises in Kewal Park, the panel said it had ‘recommended filing an FIR as a matter of urgency’ .
Most school buildings were badly damaged and unsafe for children, he added.
“Parts of the ceiling and walls fell several times in Aruna Nagar school and there were several near misses. At Bhati Mines, children were forced to sit in the shade of tin in scorching heat,” he said.
The DCW observed that the schools did not have a single operational CCTV camera and that the toilets were “extremely filthy”.
“In addition, there were several toilet doors that were broken or could not be locked from the inside, raising serious concerns about the safety and privacy of children. In Bhati Mines school , the girls’ toilets were locked, and the boys and girls were forced to defecate in the open, as there was no water connection in the toilets,” he alleged.
Furthermore, the panel said that the four schools were overcrowded and it was clear that standards for the teacher-student ratio were not being met.
“DCW has been informed that MCD is running summer school for children studying at its schools from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. However, lunch is not currently served at any of its schools,” it said. he declares. During the inspection it was also found that suitable benches were not available in the schools.
DCW has notified the MCD Commissioner in this regard and has requested a detailed action report by May 30.
His panel also sought details of those responsible for the “dismal” state of the schools and called on the MCD to take action against them.
“These schools are houses of horror where the students and teachers are extremely dangerous. How can a school exist without a security guard and CCTV? In today’s world, MCD runs schools where girls are forced to defecate in the open! Too bad for the Total Sanitation Campaign! The situation is extremely alarming and urgent action must be taken to protect the future of children,” said DCW leader Swati Maliwal .