Above: A classroom of a govt school in Delhi (representative image)
A petition has been filed with the Delhi High Court saying that government schools, receiving full aid from the government, are not providing basic facilities and amenities such as drinking water, computer, science laboratory, library, desks, safe buildings, classrooms etc.
The PIL highlights the fact that over 2600 students studying in the classes VI-XII in 100 per cent aided Alok Punj Secondary School, Karawal Nagar have been unjustly deprived of both infrastructure and academic faculty.
“Basic amenities like potable drinking water, functional toilets, science lab, computer lab, functional blackboards, clean classrooms, playground and sports equipments are almost absent in the school. In addition, out of the total strength of sanctioned teaching posts of 91, over 72 are lying vacant. It may be stated that as many as many 40 guest teachers are working,” the plea cited.
The plea further sought direction to Delhi government to bring necessary legislative amendments in Delhi School Education Act, 1973 and rules made there under on the lines of Kerala Education Act, 1958.
Read the petition here.
—India Legal Bureau