New Delhi, Aug 27 (IANS): Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena of Delhi expressed his dismay at “utter lack of attention and care by officers” and has criticized the Directorate of Education (DoE) and the “irresponsible and callous attitude of officers which has led to unnecessary lawsuits”.
In rejecting an appeal in favor of a primary school that had been denied recognition by the DoE, despite the school meeting all the necessary criteria, the LG noted that the department in charge of school education development in Delhi a total lack of care and diligence.
“The Ministry of Education is expected to act as a facilitator and not act as an obstruction,” the LG ruled.
This court order quashes the appeal filed under Section 4(3) of the Delhi Education Act 1973, read by Rule 58 of the Delhi School Education Rules 1973, which designates the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi as the judicial review body, against the contested decision dated 16.07.2019, issued by the Deputy Director of Education, District North-West (B), GNCTD.
The said deputy director’s order had carried down to the elementary level the decision of the director, DoE, to reject the appellant’s request for recognition.
The case was heard by the LG on July 27, in which the counsel for the appellant, namely Ganga International School, Rohini and the respondents, i.e. Directorate of Education, GNCTD and Delhi Development Authority (DDA), were present. The LG has heard the appellant’s counsel.
After hearing the comments of both parties, the LG noted that with the exception of the perpetual lease in which the area allocated to the association is shown as 798 m². all other documents issued by DDA state a land area of 800 m².
Instructing the DoE to immediately grant the school the necessary recognition pending unwarranted since 2009 (13 years), provided it meets all other standards, the LG noted that the disputed injunction issued by DoE is cryptic, adopted without speaking and without thinking.
The LG further noted that the school had applied for land from DDA on the basis of sponsorship by DoE. As such, it would have been prudent on one side of the Director (Education) to ask the DDA for clarification before denying the request for recognition.
In addition, once the land was surveyed and measured at 802.49 m². in 2021 by DDA, the DoE had no reason whatsoever to adhere to the disputed order, the LG noted, according to the source.
According to the source, LG Saxena has also ordered that all officers/officials performing statutory functions in terms of the provisions of the Delhi Education Act & Rules, 1973, shall in future give instructions/orders under their own signature.