AAP volunteers inspect schools: Taps, switches and water tanks on checklist

With an agenda of "identifying basic problems" in Delhi's 900 government schools, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) volunteers on Wednesday visited schools in different parts of the capital.

Starting at 8 am, the team of about 140 volunteers visited 600 government schools across the city, enlisting problems of every school they passed.

From reporting on toilet facilities, to speaking to security guards about their working conditions, the volunteers observed it all, marking the details in their checklists.

"There are about 990 government schools in the capital. Around 140 volunteers surveyed about 600 schools today, marking the condition of different facilities available in each toilets, water connection, availability of electricity, benches, blackboards, general sanitation and condition of security guards. The same survey will be undertaken tomorrow," Praveen Deshmukh, the AAP volunteer coordinating the exercise, said.

Each zone has around 20 volunteers, who will target to 10-12 schools each. Seven supervisors, also AAP volunteers, have been monitoring the activities in the zones and help out the workers where they get stuck. The workers, mostly from the education sector, have also been briefed about the exercise by Deshmukh and his team.

"Most of the volunteers are retired teachers, NGO workers and ex-principals. We just told them to go to these schools with empathetic ears, and not as authoritative figures, and assist principals in any way they can," Deshmukh said.

To ensure volunteers didn't face any problem while visiting the schools, the AAP sent out a list of volunteers to the Department of Education as well. "Names of two volunteers per Assembly constituency were submitted to us by the party. We have forwarded the same to the respective schools, and entry of only those two volunteers is permissible. The volunteers will be recognised by their names and mobile numbers, and entry to anyone else is not permitted," Padmini Singla, Director, Directorate of Education, told Newsline.

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