Bhayandar : It has been three months since schools reopened after summer vacations.

But 11-year-old Manisha Yadav (name changed) is still using the short, faded and slightly tight uniform she had received last year.

The fifth grader has no idea as to how long she will have to wait for a new set of uniform from her municipal school in Bhayandar.

Manisha is among the 9,900-odd students who are enrolled with 35 schools in the twin-city by the education department of the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC).

Apart from the recently introduced Semi- English wing, 21 schools offer education in Marathi medium, four schools in Hindi medium and five each in Gujarathi and Urdu medium.

 “Despite my official intimation in March, the administration, as usual, failed in setting up a proper system to ensure that uniforms and other material are delivered on time,” said Shiv Sena corporator, Prashant Dalvi, who has threatened to launch an agitation if the authorities fail to provide uniforms to students soon.

 While education officer Suresh Deshmukh conveniently avoided the calls from this correspondent, the newly appointed civic chief, Subash Laakhe said, “The tendering process was delayed due to some technical issues. However, work orders have been issued last month and we expect to get the supply of uniforms before the last week of September. But from next year onwards, there will be no such delays.”

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