The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the Delhi Government to furnish details about lack of teaching staff and infrastructural facilities like building, fire safety, drinking water and toilet in the schools run by its education department.
A bench headed by Justice Dalveen Bhandari, which has been has been monitoring the steps taken by the Delhi Government for improving the conditions in government-aided schools in the capital, asked the Directorate of Education to file a detailed affidavit in this regard in 8 weeks.
The Directorate that directly controls 919 schools, informed the court that it has already taken adequate steps to ensure such measures for the 222 aided schools.
Director of Education, who personally appeared before the court, submitted a status report on filling of vacancies in aided schools. According to the report, 1,173 teachers have been appointed in the last one year against the total strength of 5,951 teachers leaving only 104 posts vacant in government-aided schools.
On behalf of the Education Department, senior counsel Rakesh Khanna said that in all the schools provisions of filtered water has been made and separate toilets for girls and boys have been made. Fire safety measures have also been put in place.
The court noted that much progress had been made in the last one year, but certain concerns still remained to be addressed, including the allegation of deducting a part of teachers’ salary by the school management.
It particularly raised the issue of undue delay in payment of salaries to teachers of government-aided schools, who were getting salaries on a quarterly basis, instead of monthly. The Director of Education told the court that the system of Electronic Salary Clearance System would be introduced within a month for all teachers of government-aided schools.
Dissatisfied with the Delhi Government’s approach , the court had earlier ordered the Director of Education to remain personally present during the hearing.