Finally, a gross negligence in the distribution of shoes in government schools in Uttar Pradesh has come to light after the students in different age groups were given shoes of the same size.
In some schools, boys were provided girls’ shoes too.
In Hamirpur district of UP, children go to school either barefoot or in tattered shoes.
Deepanshi Tiwari, a student of Class IV, said, “The sole of my old shoes have worn out. Also recently, the school gave a pair of shoes which was bigger than the size that fits me. After I returned the shoes to the school authority the teachers assured me that they will give me a new pair soon. So, now I go to school barefoot.”
Another Class IV student, Vijendra, said, “I was delighted when I got new pairs of shoes and socks from the school, but I couldn’t wear them as they were of different size. I don’t have another pair of shoes, or a slipper. That is why I go to school barefoot.”
The principal of a basic education school in Hamipur, Kushma Devi, said, “Most of the shoes they provided us are bigger is size. Some students have also got only right footwear or just left footwear. We have returned the shoes to the authority.”
Thousands of students in basic education schools at Sirauligauspur block, Barabanki district in UP, suffered due to the negligence of the education department as most of the boys were given shoes for girls in many schools.
Schools in Sirauligauspur have returned at least 4,000 pair of shoes due to the wrong distribution of shoes.
Basic education officer of Barabanki, VP Singh, told India Today TV, “We have taken back the wrong pair of shoes from the children. They will be replaced with new and correct pairs soon.”
Meanwhile, the Opposition slammed the Yogi Adityanath government for negligence in the footwear distribution.
The picture is just the same in education departments in Lucknow, Prayagraj among other districts of UP.
UP Congress leader, Dwijendra Tripathi, said, “This government has made a mockery of the schoolkids. Earlier, the government had provided sweaters to the students after winter. There were discrepancies in the distribution of books and school bags in the past as well. The government shouldn’t make tall claims if it can’t even keep the promises made to the kids.”
UP Cabinet minister and government spokesperson, Siddharth Nath Singh, said, “This could be a packaging issue and it will be rectified soon.”