The Supreme Court has ordered the Delhi government’s Director of Education on Tuesday to personally appear before it. The reason: the apex court is dissatisfied with the government’s approach to the deplorable conditions of its schools in the capital.
A bench, headed by Justice Dalveer Bhandari, took a serious view when it learnt that the government had failed to file an affidavit in compliance with a court order passed on April 22 this year. When the Delhi government counsel read out the contents of the affidavit before the court, the bench brushed it aside, saying that it appeared
The affidavit claimed the government had provided the facility for drinking water in its schools, but also admitted that the recruitment process to fill vacant posts for principals was not complete due to the on-going court cases. Reacting to this submission, the bench directed the government counsel to produce the related files.
During the last hearing of the case, the apex court ridiculed the government for failing to improve the basic amenities at its schools even as the Centre was talking about spreading education among the weaker sections of society and reservation in higher education. The bench also threatened that it would shut schools and hospitals if basic amenities were not provided.
Last year also, a Supreme Court bench, headed by Justice A.K. Mathur, directed the state administration to install water purifying systems in 222 aided schools after the Delhi education department presented an eight-point action plan to improve the conditions of the aided schools. The petition was filed by Environmental and Consumer Protection Foundation, an NGO.
The government counsel had then claimed that the government was alive to the problems and had, therefore, prepared an action plan to improve the conditions of the aided schools.
The plan envisaged, among other things, repairing the buildings, building toilets, providing electricity, fans and installing fire safety equipment.