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HC: Govt staff, politicos must send kids to govt schools

Allahabad HC orders UP officials, politicians to send their kids to government primary schools

Rajesh Kumar Pandey,TNN | Aug 18, 2015, 07.52 PM IST

ALLAHABAD: The Allahabad high court on Tuesday took a serious note of the pathetic condition of primary schools in the state and directed the chief secretary to ensure that children/wards of government officials/servants, those serving in the local bodies, representatives of people and judiciary, etc., send their wards to these schools.

"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 observed.

Hearing a slew of writ petitions filed by Umesh Kumar Singh and several others, Justice Sudhir Agarwal directed the chief secretary to take steps within six months so as to make the aforesaid directions effective from the next academic session of primary schools.

The court also directed him to submit a compliance report immediately after the lapse of six months.

The issue involved in the writ petitions was with regard to appointment of assistant teachers in state's primary schools.

During the course of hearing, the court noticed the deplorable condition of these schools and observed that although they are catering to the needs of 90% population of children, their condition could be described as "shabby."

The court further observed that as officials responsible for running these primary schools are treating them in a shabby manner, these schools have given rise to multiple litigations.

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ALLAHABAD, UTTAR PRADESH:  All government servants, elected representatives, members of judiciary and any other persons who get any benefit or salary from the state exchequer or public fund should send their children to primary schools run by the state education board, said the Allahabad High Court.

The court has asked the Chief Secretary of the Uttar Pradesh (UP) government to "take steps within six months so as to make the aforesaid directions applicable from the next academic session," and file a compliance report thereafter.

The order came on petition filed by Umesh Kumar Singh and others who had challenged the process of selection of Associate Teachers for government-run primary and junior high schools in UP for the years 2013 and 2015.

The court observed that government servants would ensure that state-run schools would function well if they send their children to such educational institutions.

Justice Sudhir Agarwal, who passed the judgement, also ruled that "penal provisions" be laid down for those who violate the order. An amount equal to the school fees should be deposited by officials and elected representatives to the state exchequer, for every child going to a private school which is not maintained by the state government, the court said.  

The court also said that any such person not following the order "should be made to suffer other benefits like increment, promotional avenues for a certain period, as the case may be".  The appropriate provisions can be made by the government to ensure that parents or wards of children are compelled to receive primary education in the schools run by the Board.

The court pulled up the state's Basic Education department for "mindless, negligent, casual amendments" in rules pertaining to appointment of teachers.

"If a little care would have been there on the part of responsible officers in making legislations for making recruitment, huge litigations resulting in lakhs of vacancies in primary schools maintained by the UP Board would not have been caused", the court remarked. Story First Published: August 18, 2015 21:56 IST

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Govt staff, politicos must send kids to govt schools: Allahabad HC

Jitendra Sarin, Hindustan Times, Allahabad | Updated: Aug 19, 2015 12:44 IST

Taking a serious note of the poor condition of primary schools in Uttar Pradesh, the Allahabad high court directed the chief secretary on Tuesday to ensure that the children or wards of government employees, people's representatives and judges be sent to primary schools run by the government.

The court observed that state government may make provisions to impose fine or penalty on government employees who send their children to private schools instead of government schools so as to discourage them. The money collected shall be used for the betterment of government schools, it observed.

The court was of the view that if officials and government servants sent their wards to primary schools, they would become serious enough to ensure that primary schools are running properly.

The single bench of Justice Sudhir Agarwal directed the chief secretary of UP to take steps within six months to make the afforesaid directions effective from the next accademic session and to submit a compliance report to the court -- in form of an affidavit immediately after the expiry of six months.

The court's directions came on a petition filed by Umesh Kumar Singh and others. The petition was about the appointment of assistant teachers of science and maths in UP's pimary schools. The court observed that primary schools, which are catering to the needs of 90% of the state's school-going children, were in poor condition but concerned officials did not care about them.

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