The miserable condition that existed in primary schools in Uttar Pradesh had made the Allahabad High Court to direct Chief Secretary to check that the kids of government officials, those working for local bodies, peoples representatives, judiciary etc, were sent to government schools. The decision was taken by the High Court on Tuesday 18 August. The main reason behind this move was to make the miserable and pathetic condition of the schools known to the government officials which would make the schools to be run in good condition.
Court also ordered the government officials to deposit amount equal to school fees for every child studying in private school that was not managed by the state government. Incremental benefits, promotions etc would not be provided for those government officials who do not obey court’s order.
Based on the writ petitions filed by Mr Umesh Kumar Singh and many other persons, High Court Justice Sudhir Agarwal ordered Chief Secretary to take much needed steps within six months so that from the next academic session these schools would not have to face such pathetic situations. Chief Secretary was also ordered by the High Court to submit a compliance report once when six months time period was over. Appointment of assistant teachers in primary schools was the focal point given in the writ petitions.
Court also was of the view that, if little care was taken by responsible officers in forming rules for the appointment, then lakhs of vacancies in primary schools managed by Uttar Pradesh board would not have been there. It was confirmed that 90% population of children were studying in these primary schools and the conditions that existed in those schools were deplorable. It was also observed by the court that, these schools were managed by officials who treated the schools in shabby manner, thereby resulting in many cases against them.
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