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Basic amenities in schools: Supreme Court praises DoE

After facing the Supreme Court's flak for lacking the requisite number of teachers and basic infrastructure such as potable water, toilets and electricity in government-run schools in the Capital, the Directorate of Education (DoE), Delhi has won kudos from the same court.

delhi Updated: Feb 15, 2011 23:46 IST
Satya Prakash

After facing the Supreme Court's flak for lacking the requisite number of teachers and basic infrastructure such as potable water, toilets and electricity in government-run schools in the Capital, the Directorate of Education (DoE), Delhi has won kudos from the same court.

Such is the appreciation for the improvement made in the past couple of years in the Capital's schools that the apex court said Delhi model should be replicated across India.

"We would like the primary schools all over the country to follow the pattern of Directorate of Education, Delhi and provide similar facilities," a bench headed by justice Dalveer Bhandari said.

The bench, seized of a petition by Environment and Consumer Protection Foundation in 2004 highlighting the plight of government-run schools in Delhi and lack of basic facilities such as drinking water, separate toilets for boys and girls toilets and safe buildings, has already enlarged its ambit to ensure similar facilities are made available to all government across India so that right to education is implemented properly.

The court had on February 8 ordered all district collectors and magistrates to submit a report in this regard within four weeks to the chief secretary/administrator of their respective state/union territory, who in turn would file a comprehensive affidavit before it in six weeks.

Regarding Delhi, the court said: "In view of the status report filed by the Directorate of Education, NCT of Delhi, no further directions are necessary for the time being."

The Directorate of Education of Delhi government runs 937 schools in 680 building in morning and evening shifts and approximately 14 lakh students are studying in these schools. All schools have pucca boundary walls except four, where boundary wall is temporary due to some pending court cases.

According to an affidavit filed in the court by Delhi director of education P Krishnamurthy, 630 classrooms will be added, with the construction of 14 new school buildings, for which necessary approval has already been obtained. Besides, a proposal for building 16 more new buildings with 720 classrooms is under consideration.

The Delhi Subordinate Service Selection Board (DSSSB) told the court that out of 3,177 trained graduate teacher (TGT) posts, it had already conducted examination for 2,768 posts in June 2010 and declared the results for 1,235 posts. The dossiers of 463 of these selected candidates was being sent to the Directorate of Education for appointment and the result in respect of the remaining 1,533 TGT posts was likely to be declared this month.

Results of the examination held for the posts of 131 drawing teachers and 126 posts of physical education teacher were likely to be declared by the end of this month.

Process was also on for recruitment of 940 assistant teachers. Out of the 126 vacant posts of librarians, examination has already been held for 87 posts and the DSSSB has recommended 51 candidates found suitable for appointment.

salient features

14 lakh students study in 937 government schools in Delhi.

16 more new buildings with 720 class rooms under consideration. Almost all schools have pucca boundary wall

Ramps are available in all schools for physically challenged students.

Most school buildings have two doors in each classroom and meet basic fire safety norms

Process on for recruitment of 940 assistant teachers

Electricity available in all schools, and classrooms have fans and bulbs. All schools have potable water for students/staff.