In the year 2001, on the NGO’s plea against the Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board (DSSSB), Delhi government and the municipal corporation, the high court had set a schedule for appointment of teachers to ensure that all posts are filled by beginning of July every academic year.
Again when this matter came up in the year 2010, the court said the recruitment process was slow but appointment of teachers was taking place. It had said that if the state did not recruit teachers, the court can be approached again.
However, as per the latest update there are as many as 26,031 (this does not include 9,000 posts created by Delhi government last year) vacant posts of teachers” in the schools run by the Delhi government and the three corporations. According to the Delhi government, the 1,011 government schools currently have a total vacancy of around 15,000 teachers which severely affects the teacher-student ratio.
Thus when this issue has again come up after 6 years, NGO has now moved the contempt petition, saying the state and its agencies were “actually sitting over” the recruitment process.
Hence, the contempt plea was filed in the first week of October, 2016 in Delhi High Court seeking action against AAP government and municipal corporations for not complying with a court order to fill vacancies of over 26,000 teachers in their schools. This was so because this negligence ultimately results in depriving 25,05,691 students studying in 1977 schools of their fundamental right to receive quality education.
The matter was likely to be heard on October 17.
On October 17, during the hearing process, “Where is the budget going?” This question was posed by the Delhi High Court to the Delhi government and the municipal corporations in the national capital. The court further said, “It seems you have not recruited anyone for last so many years. The system is crumbling, no? You are working at 50 per cent capacity. There would be a huge pressure on the existing teachers.”
Now when the Delhi Government has breached the thus issued orders of the Delhi Government, the high court has become strict in its decision. How?
The Delhi High Court issued notice to the city government and three city municipal corporations asking them why action should not be taken against them for not complying with the court’s order issued earlier for filling the teachers’ vacancies in July every year.
Since at present 26,031 posts are lying vacant in the Delhi Government schools, contempt petition filed through advocate Ashok Agarwal sought action against officials concerned for such “deliberate and intentional disobedience”
The Delhi government and the three municipal corporations seeking their replies by December 8 to a contempt plea by NGO Social Jurist alleging “wilful disobedience”