Come Monday and private schools in the city will switch over to the winter uniform, but students in most government schools are unlikely to get their winter uniform, which the administration is supposed to supply free, before month-end.
As many as 98 of the 108 government schools are waiting to get the uniform. Some of these schools, which had managed to place orders in time, expect the supplies in another 15 days. Vinod Kumar Sharma, principal of the government high school, Sector 34, said, “We have placed an order for other items of the winter uniform, but we have not received any bidder for jerseys. The suppliers will make bids for jerseys only after finishing with the other items.’’
Almost every school has floated tenders for jerseys four times, but the response has been poor. The schools will float the tender for jerseys again and the bids will be accepted until November 14. Then the bids will be processed and order placed. When the supply will begin is anybody’s guess.
School principals say the problem is that there are very few suppliers. Besides, the decision to give jerseys, which are being distributed for the first time, was taken late.
In the past, boys were given only one shirt, one pair of trousers, and one pair of socks, while girls were given salwar-kameej, or a shirt and a skirt, besides socks. The uniform is given to students from classes I to VIII.
The delay in distribution of uniform has been a persistent problem, which the administration has failed to address. A teacher at a government high school in Hallomajra said, “There are certain schools where the uniform, be it summer or winter, is always delayed.’’