With the model code of conduct coming into force from October 4,the Directorate of Education (DoE) has ordered all government and government-aided schools in the capital to remove hoardings,posters and other political material from in and around their premises.
It is requested that all display of advertisements should be stopped forthwith. If there is any display in the office premises,including billboards and scrollers installed in the school,they should be dismounted immediately and be kept off the public view till the model code of conduct remains in operation, a circular posted on the departments website says.
Posters of political leaders are a common sight in most government schools. Acting on the directive,we have directed officials to remove any material that violates this directive, R P Yadav,deputy director (education),said.
The directive issued on the instructions of the Directorate of Information and Publicity will stay in effect till the counting of votes on December 8.
For effective implementation of the directive,the department has formed teams,who will go to schools and conduct surprise visits and weekly inspections. We have taken undertakings from all schools already. Besides routine visits by officers,special teams have been formed at the district level who will conduct surprise checks periodically, Amit Singla,director (DoE),said.
The teams will report to a nodal officer,who has been appointed to keep a check on violations. Last week,the team removed all posters and hoardings from a school in Timarpur,where the material was still on display, R K Lalwatt,deputy director of education (care-taking branch),said.