In a judgement that has been received very positively, the Allahabad High Court directed the chief secretary of Uttar Pradesh to ensure that children of government officials/servants, those serving in the local bodies, representatives of people and judiciary, etc., send their wards to government schools, reports Times of India
Justice Sudhir Agarwal linked the absence of such students to the deplorable conditions of primary schools in the state.
He delivered his judgement while hearing writ petitions with regard to appointment of assistant teachers in state’s primary schools.
Although these schools are catering to the needs of 90% population of children, their condition could be described as “shabby”.
The children of politicians and top government officials attend private schools scattered all over the state.
The court said that government officials will themselves ensure the smooth functioning of government schools only when their children go to such institutions.
“Only then would they be serious enough to look into the requirements of these schools and ensure that they are run in good condition.”
The court further observed that the officials responsible for running government schools are treating them in a shabby manner, giving rise to multiple litigations.
If officials fail to comply with the court order, they’ll have to deposit an amount equal to the fees of every child going to a private school to the state exchequer.
The chief secretary has been asked to take steps within six months so as to make the aforesaid directions effective from the next academic session of primary schools.