Delhi High Court Law Insider

Priyanka Singh

Published on: September 15, 2022 at 20:31 IST

A PIL filed claiming that the children are not being imparted full-time education has grabbed the attention of the Delhi High Court. The Court, on Thursday, seeked response from the Delhi Government over the filed plea regarding government-run schools in the North East District of the Union Territory.

The plea alleged that the children were being taught at school for merely 2 hours of the day, or are being taught on alternate days.

A division bench of Chief Justice Satish Chandra and Justice Subramonium Prasad issued notice to the Delhi Government on the plea filed by the Social Jurist, a Civil Rights Group, that determines the pattern adopted by the Government schools was affecting the education of over 1 Lakh students.

The schools as highlighted in the plea are SKV Khajuri, SBV Khajuri, GGSSS Sonia Vihar, GBSSS Sonia Vihar, GGSSS Khajuri, GBSSS Karawal Nagar, and GGSSS Sabhapur, and other schools at Karawal Nagar.

The Court has allowed a three-week tenure to the Delhi Government for filing a response on the matter.

The Court noted that the inaction costed the children of their Fundamental Rights under Articles 14, 21, and 21A of the Constitution of India read with the provisions of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009.

The petitioner, additionally, claimed that it had written two letters to the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the Lieutenant Governor regarding immediate remedy for the state of schools, prior to approaching the Court, since there was no response received back.

“This is really an alarming situation where our marginalized students are not getting full attention from Delhi Government in matter of their education”, the petition stated.

The plea submitted that, as per the Act, the minimum number of working days in the schools must be 200 days and of minimum 800 instructional hours of lectures to classes I to V, alongside 220 working days and 1000 instructional hours of lectures to classes VI to VIII in an academic year.

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