The Punjab and Haryana high court has ordered the Central Board of School Education (CBSE) to inspect all the 88 affiliated schools in Chandigarh to find out the shortcomings and ordered the central government to create around 1,100 more posts for teachers as required for various subjects in these schools.
The directions came from the division bench comprising chief justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and justice Arun Palli on a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Chandigarh resident Gurbir Singh Sekhon in 2012.
The court also directed the Chandigarh administration to keep on convening periodical meetings of the committee constituted for taking help of private schools to improve functioning of government schools and the school management committees for working on school development plans.
CBSE, central government and Chandigarh administration have been ordered to file their compliance reports to the court before February 17.
During the hearing of the case, it came out that till date, CBSE has inspected around 50 affiliated schools.
Counsel appearing for the Chandigarh administration informed the court that the union ministry of finance had reviewed its decision and was now considering proposal for creation of posts of teaching staff subject to certain conditions and clarifications, which would be clarified by the UT administration at the earliest.
To maintain the teacher-pupil ratio as stipulated in the Right to Education Act, the Chandigarh administration had submitted a proposal for 2,483 posts in November last year. However, around 1,390 posts had been filled on contract basis by the administration after central government's approval.
Appearing for the petitioner, advocate Vishal Aggarwal submitted that the administration and the central government should not only focus on completing the formality of filling the posts of teachers as prescribed under the RTE Act but should also focus on quality education.
The petitioner had sought 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 at par with private schools.