The students in South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) schools will be getting free shampoos and combs, after a sudden outbreak of lice. The matter came to the fore during a recent parent-teacher meeting. “This is a problem among several children studying in our schools, but they don’t want to speak about it. After the parent-teacher meeting, we observed that this health problem needs to be addressed fast,” said Nandini Sharma, the chairperson of the SDMC’s education committee. The civic body will be floating a proposal on the quantity of the combs and shampoos required, as well the estimated cost behind the project, she added.
The SDMC has a total of 581 schools with around 2,50,000 students enrolled in its jurisdiction. Sharma stated that there are also awareness campaigns planned for the parents too, as the problem involves the whole of the family. The parents will be assisted with tips to deal with the problem with natural means and methods. SDMC is looking to collaborate with corporate house and NGOs to tackle the issue.
The students in these schools belong to not so well of families and have to encounter problems like erratic water supply, lack of resources and the like. According to an SDMC official, the parent-teacher meeting also dwelled on the issue of promoting English and computer education in the schools.
In view of this, the corporation is now planning to open an English-medium school in each ward, which will fill-in as a model school. “These schools will be completely English-medium, unlike our earlier plan where we wanted to have a section which would be English-medium,” Sharma said.
The move is also aimed at improving the rate of enrolment in the schools under SDMC. The rate has been continuously seeing a downward decline over the year according to the numbers put up by the civic body. The 2017-18 session oversaw an astonishing 17,535 lesser students enrolling, in comparison to the 2016-17 batch.