When schools reopen after the summer vacation on July 1, students at only seven of the 107 government schools in Chandigarh will get the summer uniform which the administration supplies free of cost. Other students will have to arrange their own uniform, because the schools are still looking for suppliers.
Officials said that only seven schools have procured the stock of uniform, got it tested in the lab, and claimed their bills from the Education Department. These are Government Model Senior Secondary Schools in Sectors 16, 56, 52, and Government Model School in Burail, Vikas Nagar, Indira Colony and Dhanas.
As for the other schools, even if they find a supplier immediately, the procedure is such that the stocks would reach the schools after 60 days, they said.
However, DPI(S) Kamlesh Kumar claimed that all schools would be able to distribute the uniform by mid-July. “As per my knowledge, 75 per cent schools have already placed the orders,’’ he said.
It was on April 24 that the Education Department had issued a notice, asking school management committees to float tenders for procurement of the uniform for students of classes I to VIII. Since then, the majority of the schools have floated the tenders twice and in some cases even three or four times, but there have been no bidders.
Sunita Singh, principal of the Government Model Senior Secondary School in Sector 27, said, “We have floated the tender for the fourth time today and, hopefully, we will get a supplier this time. The cost of the uniform is too low to attract contractors. Besides, we have a small strength of the students while these contractors take up only bulk work.’’
Other principals echoed these views.
Under the administration’s instructions, the schools have to purchase the uniform at a rate of Rs 300 each for classes I to V and at the rate of Rs 375 each for higher classes.
The summer uniform consists of a shirt and trousers for boys, and a shirt and skirt, or salwar-kameez for girls.
This is not the first time uniform distribution is going to be delayed. Last year, the distribution of the summer uniform continued till November while the winter uniform was given at the fag end of the winter.