Govt schools to open playgrounds to neighbourhood kids after classes

The playgrounds in government schools will now be opened to children of the neighbourhood after the classes are over. The terms and conditions of the proposal that has been doing the rounds for the past several years received approval from the General House of the Municipal Corporation at a meeting held on Monday.

The pilot project will be started at the Government Model Senior Secondary School in Sector 21. The councillors of the other wards have also been asked to put forth similar demands for their wards. They will be required to specify the school in their area in which they want a similar facility.

With the neighbourhood parks being developed by the Municipal Corporation, there was little space left for children to play. Due to shrinking parking spaces, cars are parked around the parks where paver blocks have been installed for the purpose. This is another reason for which the residents do not allow the children to play in the parks.

Due to these factors, there has been a demand for some time for allowing children to play in the school playgrounds in their area. However, this had been hitting roadblocks. The terms and conditions have now been approved by the MC House after the consent was received from the UT Administration for the project.

It has been decided that the civic body will hire two guards to keep a check on who is entering the school premises. It is proposed that wherever possible, entry to the children will be allowed from a separate gate. The Municipal Corporation will be responsible for any damage to the school property.

A physical education teacher of the school will be on duty. During summer the teacher will remain on duty from 4.15 pm to 6.30 pm and in winter from 3.15 pm to 5.30 pm. Only those games will be allowed for which schools have playgrounds.

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