Ayush Prasad, chief executive officer (CEO) of the Pune ZP, said, “We have systematically invested in improving infrastructure; rather than rebuilding large school buildings, we have focused on 18 critical items. Due to the efficient use of funds, 47% of the 2.32 lakh students studying in our schools now have guaranteed, standard facilities. Also, we have banned all activities that lead to wastage of academic time in schools like asking children to participate in events, awareness drives etc. This may have upset political leaders and donors but we have kept the focus on education. Also, teachers have been judged based on the performance of their students rather on the recommendations of political leaders.” According to the ZP, the ‘strategy plan’ has been designed to ensure that the full syllabus is taught at the right place, with class-wise and subject-wise study plans for each week of the academic year.