The Punjab and Haryana high court has directed the Chandigarh administration to file a detailed reply whether the central board of secondary education (CBSE) recognised government schools in the city were fulfilling the laid down criteria mandatory for affiliation and also to inform the constitution of school management committees in such schools.
The division bench comprising chief justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and justice Augustine George Masih also asked the Chandigarh administration as to why any CBSE member was not included in the school management committees. The court also observed that though such committees had been constituted but all the schools did not have such committees. The court has also asked for the details about the action plan of such committees and the number of meetings held by these committees till date.
Since the private schools of the city had earlier promised to lend the helping hand to improve the standard of government schools, the Chandigarh administration is also to inform the court on the next hearing about the action taken so far.
The directions came during the resumed hearing of a public interest litigation filed by Gurbir Singh Sekhon, seeking directions to the CBSE to inspect all the government schools in Chandigarh to ensure compliance of fulfillment of criteria for affiliation and to chalk out a time bound plan for upgrading them to bring them on par with private schools.
However, the Chandigarh administration informed the court on Friday that most of the government-aided schools in the city had constituted school management committees in terms of the Right to Education Act, that look after affairs of the schools by periodic inspections.
It was informed that 50% members of such committees were women. The committees had been assigned with the work of monitoring the working of schools, prepare and recommend the school development plan, monitor the utilisation of the grants received from the appropriate government or local authority. It was informed that schools having enrollment of students less than 1,000 have a 12-member committee and the remaining schools have 24-member committee. The members include teachers, non-governmental organisation members and students' parents.
The case would now come up for hearing on September 30.