The Allahabad high court on Tuesday directed the chief secretary of Uttar Pradesh to ensure that children of government employees, local agency staff, representatives of people and judges are sent to government-run primary schools.
The court was of the view that if officials and government servants have to send their children to primary schools, they would become serious about the requirements of these schools.
They will ensure that the primary schools are run properly or the education of their own children will be affected.
The court observed that the state government may make provisions to impose fines on government employees who send their children to private schools instead of government schools.
It added that the money collected as fine shall be used for the betterment of government schools.
The single bench of Justice Sudhir Agarwal directed the chief secretary to take steps, within six months, so that the directions can be made effective from the next academic session of primary schools.
The judge also asked the chief secretary to submit a compliance report in court, in form of an affidavit, immediately after the completion of six months.
The court issued the order on a petition filed by Umesh Kumar Singh and others.
The petition was about appointment of assistant teachers in primary schools for science and math.
The court observed that most of the primary schools, which cater to the needs of 90% of school-going children in the state, are in a poor condition.
It said the officers concerned did not care about primary schools because their own children do not study there.
The government primary schools are run by the Uttar Pradesh Board.