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Make all public servants’ children go to Government schools: RTI activist’s plea in SC

Apoorva Mandhani
25 Aug 2015 9:42 AM GMT
Make all public servants’ children go to Government schools: RTI activist’s plea in SC
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A Writ Petition has been filed by Gurgaon-based RTI activist Sudhir Yadav, urging the Court to implement the recent order of the Allahabad High Court, which had directed Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary to ensure that children/wards of government officials/servants, those serving in the local bodies, representatives of people and judiciary, etc., send their wards to these schools. The Activist has prayed for the implementation of this order throughout India,

Following this order, Mr. Yadav had emailed the same to the Secretary, Department of Higher Education and Secretary, Department of School Education & Literacy, suggesting implementation of the order passed by the High Court in the entire country.

The Petition claims that as per the record of Haryana government school education, total number of teachers currently working in government schools is 72570 while the total seats sanctioned are 101260, which means there are 28,690 teachers less available in school than the sanctioned strength, till year 2009-10.

In its order, the Allahabad High Court had rapped the State’s Basic Education Department, for “multifarious litigations resulting in not only delay in appointment of primary teachers but also a very heavy pressure on this court” as a result of “mindless, negligent, casual amendments” in rules pertaining to appointment of teachers, besides “defective Government Orders” issued from time to time which paved way for.

The Court suggested that appropriate provisions can be made by the Government so as to ensure that ward(s)/child/children of persons, as detailed above, are compelled necessarily to receive primary education in the primary schools run by the Board. “Only then would they be serious enough to look into the requirements of these schools and ensure that they are run in good condition,” Justice Sudhir Agarwal had observed. You may read the order and LiveLaw story here.

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