India Education
Delhi government to take over municipal schools
Mar 21, 2007 - 8:04:35 PM

New Delhi, March 21 - The Delhi High Court Wednesday gave its approval of the Delhi government's suggestions to take over all municipality-run schools in a move to bring about qualitative improvement in teaching in those schools.

A division bench of Chief Justice M.K. Sarma and Justice Sanjiv Khanna directed the government to take a formal decision in this regard and submit a plan-of-action by March 28.

'Taking over all the MCD - schools would not be enough. In order to provide quality education to the children, it would be necessary for the state government to run all these schools on the lines of Kendriya Vidyalaya,' the judges said.

MCD director - Indira Yadav in an affidavit last week had said the authorities were initiating steps to improve the conditions in the schools.

The MCD has 1,810 primary schools and 519 of them are operating in double shifts. There are also 33 independent nursery schools in the city.

The total number of students studying in these schools are 9,55,391 in 2006, Yadav said the affidavit.

The bench had earlier banned opening any government school without providing basic amenities such as concrete buildings, urinals, potable water and hygienic atmosphere.

While hearing a public interest litigation - seeking direction for better education for children in schools, the court had observed: 'Why make a mockery of the education without providing basic amenities to the children?'

Education Department officials should be sensitised for providing congenial atmosphere in the schools where hundreds of thousands of students were getting education, the court said.

The court had observed earlier that it was a pity that even after 59 years of independence, the government could not provide basic amenities and facilities to the students in the state-run schools in the capital.

There were about 4,254 vacancies of primary teachers in the MCD schools, lack of drinking water facilities in 30 schools, no blackboard, power and toilet in many schools, claimed the petition.

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