Schools and colleges across the city went into an overdrive on Wednesday, issuing directions to students and teachers, and ordering cleaning equipment in bulk to make the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan a success. The cleanliness campaign will be launched on Gandhi Jayanti.
While many private schools are likely to remain closed on October 2, many others have declared Thursday a working day, requiring compulsory attendance by the students of Class II to XII.
With government schools working on Thursday following a directive from the Directorate of Education (DoE), school authorities on Wednesday were busy arranging brooms and mops.
“We have ordered brooms, mops, gloves and a lot of detergent. Children will first take the pledge and then begin cleaning,” the principal of a government school in Kalyanpuri said.
Delhi University (DU) has constituted a 20-member committee to oversee cleanliness activities in its colleges over the next five years. DU Vice-Chancellor Dinesh Singh will launch the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan from Gandhi Bhawan at 8.30 am and take an oath for cleanliness.
It will be followed by a cleanliness drive across the campus. Flags and banners urging students to keep the campus ‘clean and green’ would be put up all over DU. Teachers have also been asked to report for duty in certain colleges, a decision that has been opposed by the Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA).
“The DUTA expresses its concern about Delhi University’s sudden decision to effectively cancel the scheduled public holiday and insist on teachers’ attendance for the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan… ,” Nandita Narain, DUTA president, said.
The Central Board of Secondary Education and the Human Resource Development Ministry will also launch a ‘Swachh Bharat, Swachh Vidyalaya’ campaign on Gandhi Jayanti. “Few things which need to be adopted by every school during this period are cleaning up of classrooms, libraries, laboratories, auditoriums, playgrounds etc. School authorities may also encourage students to speak a few lines on cleanliness when the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi can be discussed in depth,” Vineet Joshi, CBSE chairman, said.