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No gardener for schools,students to adopt plants

The South Municipal Corporation’s Education committee has proposed to encourage every student in its schools to plant and adopt a tree on the school premises.

Written by Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi | Published: July 3, 2012 4:27:32 am

The South Municipal Corporation’s Education committee has proposed to encourage every student in its schools to plant and adopt a tree on the school premises.

“We plan to encourage every student to adopt a plant on their school premises. There will be awards and incentives to motivate the children to look after the sapling once it is planted. This will help turn the school parks green,” Education committee chairman Satish Upadhyay said.

Sources said the proposal was put forth after Education and Horticulture officials told the committee that they were not in a position to provide gardeners for the upkeep of school parks. Education officials said there’s no provision to recruit gardeners for schools.

“We do not have enough staff to maintain municipal parks. How can we provide gardeners for maintenance of school parks? We have asked school headmasters to hire private gardeners and pay them from the Rs 50,000 annual contingency fund,” a Horticulture official said.

The civic agency has also planned to rope in private agencies for the upkeep of gardens in its schools.

This comes at a time when its Education committee expressed concern about children playing in “parks that look like deserts” in approximately 600 schools run by the civic agency.

“Playgrounds and parks are important components of school infrastructure. We have failed to provide our students a good place for their all-round development,” Congress councillor Indu said.

Committee chairman Upadhyay said the schools would be asked to begin a campaign on making the surroundings green until the matter — whether to hire private agencies or to create posts for school gardeners — is resolved.

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