Deciding a public interest litigation alleging that just in the Faridabad district of Haryana more than 550 unrecognised schools are being run, the Punjab and Haryana high court directed the Haryana government to conduct a survey of all the schools in the state within four months and to take action against those who are functioning without required infrastructure and staff.
The division bench comprising acting chief justice Jasbir Singh and justice Rakesh Kumar Jain, while disposing of a petition filed by Manoj Kumar Jaswal of Faridabad, directed the state government to also submit the action taken report to the high court.
Appearing for the petitioner, advocate Sajjan Singh Malik had informed that the fact that around 550 schools were unrecognized in Faridabad had come up in a survey done by the Haryana education department itself and the concerned department had not taken any action against such institutions.
Malik informed the court on Tuesday that under section-18 of the Right to Education Act, 2008 and section-4 of the Haryana Education Act, 1995, director, school education had the powers of closing down the schools not functioning with desired permissions and for lack of mandatory infrastructure and staff.
The petitioner had sought the directions to close down such schools having no permanent/temporary recognition. It had also been prayed to conduct a probe to unearth the unholy and illegal alliance between unrecognized schools and some recognized institutions in the context of showing admission in the recognized schools even if students are taught in unrecognized schools.
The students studying in such schools which have no infrastructure, nor the qualified teachers, are destined to face all the difficulties, the petitioner had informed.