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Published in the 1-15 Jan
2005 print edition of MG; send me the print edition
Delhi Govt. ignores Urdu schools
New Delhi: Even as the National Capital Territory of Delhi is being ruled by a secular government for the last two terms, yet the minorities particularly the Urdu speaking populace is being ignored totally. In fact this section of the society is feeling alienated. Even after being granted the official status in the territory, nothing is being done for the promotion of Urdu in the state. Urdu schools in particular are in disarray. Though the government is doing a lot to improve the basic education in the state yet it is not paying any attention towards the students going to Urdu schools. There are only 20 Urdu schools out of total 1400 schools run by the government in Delhi yet most posts of Urdu teachers in these schools are lying vacant. In last 15 years only two teachers have been appointed out of 100 vacancies. Not only teachers, there is also unavailability of textbooks in Urdu. Farid Ahmad, a headmaster of an Urdu school says.
— Andalib Akhter
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