The Punjab and Haryana high court has made it clear to the Chandigarh administration that the teachers of all government schools should not be put on duties other than teaching so that it does not impact the classroom teaching process.
The directions came from the division bench comprising chief justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and justice Arun Palli on a public interest litigation filed by a Chandigarh resident, Gurbir Singh Sekhon, in 2012.
However, in its reply submitted to the court on Monday, the Central Board of School Education (CBSE) informed the court that it had completed inspection of all 77 affiliated schools in Chandigarh to find out the shortcomings.
The board informed that the teachers are assigned other administrative work and it hampers the classroom transactions in the schools. It further submitted that the schools that are running under the name of government model high school or model senior secondary schools are in good condition with regard to infrastructure. However, in other schools, there was acute space crunch as under the Right to Education Act, schools cannot deny admission to any candidate.
There are libraries but there are no posts of librarians in the schools and the teachers were acting as in-charge of libraries.
The CBSE report also stated that in science laboratories, all the equipment were kept under lock and key. The principals and head mistresses, on being queried, reasoned that the laboratories were locked since students damaged the property in absence of teachers, stated the report.
"Principals are asked to manage the institutions with the available staff in the school in spite of vacant post of teaching/non-teaching staff," the report mentioned, adding that these issued needed to be addressed by the government at the earliest.
The court was informed that students in Government Model High School, Sector 38 (West) were made to sit in corridor on account of space crunch, and in Government High School, Mauli colony, 50% classes held in corridor and verandah.
When the petitioner's counsel, Vishal Aggarwal, submitted that the shortcomings in city schools should be addressed at the earliest, the court directed the Chandigarh administration to submit the status report before March 31.
Schools facing shortage of teachers:
Govt Model Sr Sec School, Saranpur
Govt Model High School, Khuda Jassu
Govt Model Sr Sec School, Karsan
Govt Model Sr Sec School, Sector 46D
Govt Model High School, Badheri
Govt Sr Sec School Khuda Lahora
Govt Sr Sec School Dhanas
Govt High School, Karsan