HC pulls up state govt for its failure to build classrooms

HC pulls up state govt for its failure to build classrooms

One school in north-west Delhi operated under tin roofs

The High Court on Wednesday pulled up the Delhi government for not constructing classrooms in a government-run school in Delhi since February 2012.

It has given two weeks to submit an explanation on it as close to 700 children studying in classes KG to 12 have been sitting in open classrooms.

Non-compliance

Government-run Pandit Vaid Khushi Ram SKV at Nangal Thakran, north-west Delhi failed to abide by the court’s previous order which directed authorities to build portable cabins as a temporary arrangement.

Advocate Ashok Agarwal had visited the school in February and found that classes were held under tin roofs.

The government had admitted on February 29 that the school was being run in 21 open classrooms and had informed that construction of 21 Semi Pucca Areas (SPAs) classrooms had been sanctioned, assuring the court that construction would take place soon.

The High Court in its earlier order had observed, “In the interregnum from the photographs we find that there is a tent and certain tin shed on site which are insufficient for 390 students and not equipped for the purpose of conducting classes.
“The tin sheds are open from three sides; it is torturous for students as well as teachers to sit.”

Also, a notice has been issued to the Directorate of Education seeking a reply for not admitting 1,400 students in class 6 in its 17 Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalayas for the current academic year which started from April 1.

Violation of rights

“This inaction on the part of the government is in violation of the fundamental rights of students as guaranteed to them under Articles 14 (right to equality), 21 (right to life with dignity), 21-A (right to quality education) and 38 (right to social justice) of the Constitution of India read with the provisions of Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009,” said Agarwal in his petition.

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