Most govt schools yet to procure bluetooth speakers – Times of India

Prayagraj: In the backdrop of the fact that the government-run primary schools of many districts have fallen behind in gearing up to impart quality education using modern gadgets as envisaged by the state government, additional project director (Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan) of Uttar Pradesh, Rohit Tripathi, has again instructed all Basic Shiksha Adhikaris (BSAs) of the state to procure bluetooth enabled speakers at the earliest.
Earlier, as part of the preparations, district officials were instructed on February 8, 2022, to procure two bluetooth enabled speakers for each of these schools but even this is still pending in many districts, including Prayagraj.
The government of India, through Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan, had approved procurement of English kits for the primary schools under Foundation Literacy and Numeracy (elementary) initiative. It was decided that two bluetooth enabled speakers, each at a cost of Rs 1,000, would be procured for all government-run primary schools by a decentralized process through school management committees (SMCs).
However, most districts have failed to procure these speakers for all schools till now.
Upset over the delay, additional project director has again asked all Basic Shiksha Adhikaris (BSAs) and ordered that the procurement of the bluetooth enabled speakers be completed at the earliest. State education department data shows that bluetooth enabled speakers have been purchased for all government-run primary schools (100%) in just a handful of districts of the state, including Amroha, Basti, Chandauli, Jhansi, Kanpur Nagar and Mainpuri.
In majority of others, only part purchases have been made, including Hapur (92%), Kaushambi (90%), Bareilly (85%), Mahoba (80) and Aligarh (54%). Even in many districts, the speakers have not even been purchased for half the total count of existing school,s including Ayodhya (43%), Bijnor (36%), Balrampur (13%) Auraiya (15%), Badaun (16%), Kannauj (10%), Hathras (4%) Hamirpur (9%), Gonda (8%). In select districts like Prayagraj, Bhadoi, Gorakhpur, Lucknow and Mau, 0%” procurements have been made till date.
A total of 2,460 government-run primary schools exist in Prayagraj. Bluetooth speakers have not been purchased in any of these schools so far. Officials conceded that Bluetooth enabled speakers could not be purchased here due to non-opening of SMC accounts and lack of budget despite instructions to teach students using these modern tools from 2022-23 academic session itself.
“Due to budget constraints, the purchase of bluetooth speakers could not be done in Prayagraj. A letter has been sent to the government requesting for budget for the same. The equipment will be procured as soon as the budget is received,” said Praveen Kumar Tiwari, BSA-Prayagraj.


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