Tribune press service
Chandigarh, September 23
At a time when private associations are filing requests to seize the land of public schools, the facilities already allocated are in ruins.
In 2013, UT’s education department signed a memorandum of understanding with the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) to train students at Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS), sector 23; GMSSS-16; GMSSS-33 and Government Model High School, Sector 41.
However in 2019, the department took up these reasons, citing non-compliance. Since then, these areas have been completely neglected.
“Public schools have it all. The only thing they lack is the vision… how to use the infrastructure. The Administration continues to experiment and continues to waste public money. This practice should stop, ”said one coach.
“Indoor sports complexes are no different. Chandigarh has more than 10 similar sized sports complexes with similar facilities. The administration must understand that its duty is to provide facilities for all and not just a few, ”he said.
“A lot of private sports associations are able to put on a show, but they still need help from the government. There is nothing wrong with that, but they should be responsible. Who is responsible for the poor condition of these tennis courts? asked the coach.
These courts were in such neglected condition that no major national / state championships could be held there. Even school children were not allowed to use the courts due to the unavailability of coaches.
The Education Department had planned to cede these courts to the UT Sports Department, but the latter is already overloaded with the maintenance of training complexes.
“The government should run the show instead of looking for options. After raising the infrastructure, it is their duty to take care of it. They should appoint coaches, train young children and produce players for the nation. Despite so much land – there are over 120 public schools in Chandigarh – we have failed to provide a favorable environment for sport in these institutions, ”said a physical training instructor from a public school.
Pact with CLTA
In 2013, UT’s education department signed a memorandum of understanding with the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association to train GMSSS-23 students; GMSSS-16; GMSSS-33 and Government Model High School, Sector 41. However, in 2019, the Department of Education repeated these grounds, citing non-compliance.