Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Failure to admit 1400 students in class VI

HC seeks reply from Delhi Govt.
A Delhi High Court Bench headed by the Acting Chief Justice Shri  A.K.Sikri has today issued notice to Delhi Government seeking reply by 01 May 2012 on a petition by the Social Jurist, A Civil Rights Group through Advocate Ashok Agarwal  that highlighted the fact that Delhi Government have again not started the process of admission of as many as 1400 students in Class VI in its 17 Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalayas (RPVVs) in the current academic year 2012-13, though the academic year has already started from 1st April, 2012.
Petition says that the Government appears to be adamant to not to start the process of admission in Class VI in the academic year 2012-13. The Government are not justified in withholding the process of admission in Class VI in RPVVs. This inaction on the part of the Government  is no less a criminal negligence as much as the same would result in non-utilisation of both physical and academic infrastructure available for the quality education of such students in these  Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalayas (RPVVs).  On the other hand, the ordinary Government Schools are not only over crowded but also sans quality physical and academic infrastructure.

“This inaction on the part of the Government is in violation of the fundamental rights of the school aged students as guaranteed to them under Articles 14 (right to equality), 21(right to life with dignity), 21-A right to quality education) and 38 (right to social justice) of the Constitution of India read with the provisions of Right of Children to Free & Compulsory Education Act, 2009”, submitted Ashok Agarwal.

Next date of hearing is 01 May 2012.

Cases of unsympathetic to young students

High Court pulls up Delhi Govt.
A Delhi High Court Bench headed by the Acting Chief Justice Shri A.K.Sikri has today pulled up Government of Delhi for being unsympathetic to 700 students of Classes KG to 12 of Government-run  Pandit Vaid Khushi Ram SKV at Nangal Thakran, North-West Delhi who sitting in tented/open classrooms for the last three years. When Advocate Ashok Agarwal, a member of High Court Committee pointed out that despite orders of the Court in February 2012 for construction of porta-cabins as a temporary arrangement pending construction of permanent school building, the Government has done nothing till date and the students continue to sit in tented classrooms, the Court questioned the Government Counsel "what were you doing all these days?" and directed them to submit status report in the matter within two weeks. 
Advocate Ashok Agarwal had visited on 18.02.2012 Delhi Govt School at AT NANGAL THAKRAN and found that all the 700 students of classes KG to 12 were sitting in tented classrooms or in open. The school building which was constructed only about 25 years back has been declared dangerous about 3 years ago and since then the school is run in tents and in open. These facts supported by the photographs were brought to the notice of the Court on 15.02.2012. The Government on 29 Feb 2012 had admitted that the school was run in 21 tented classrooms and informed that the construction of 21 SPS classrooms had been sanctioned and has also assured the Court that the construction would take place soon. 
The High Court in its earlier order dated 25.01.2012 had observed, "In the interregnum from the photographs we find that there is a tent and certain tin shed on site which are insufficient for 390 students and not equipped for the purpose of conducting classes. The tin sheds are open from three sides; it is torturous for students as well as teachers to sit therein in this extreme winter. Since construction of building is going to consume substantial time, the Government would be well advised to erect Porta Cabins so that appropriate classroom to facilitate the proper teaching of the students are available and which is now their fundamental right under Article 21-A of the Constitution".
Next date of hearing is fixed for 25 July 2012.