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HC notice to Delhi govt on PIL alleging schools imparting only 2 hrs of education

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The Delhi Supreme Court on Thursday notified the government of the NCT Delhi after receiving a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) stating that students studying in some schools in the North East District area follow the pattern of the education mechanism, which i.e. they either teach only two hours daily or teach on alternating days, affecting the education of more than one lakh students.

The bench of Justice Satish Chander Sharma and Justice Subramonium Prasad on Thursday requested a response from the NCT Delhi government within three weeks.

The petition requested the government of NCT of Delhi to provide full-time education to students studying in SKV Khajuri, SBV Khajuri, GGSSS Sonia Vihar, GBSSS Sonia Vihar, GGSSS Khajuri, GBSSS Karawal Nagar and GGSSS Sabhapur and other schools in Tukbirpur, Karawal Nagar , etc., in terms of the provision of the Law on the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education, 2009.

The plea was filed by Social Jurist, a civil rights group that stated that it is the duty of schools of the concerned government to provide education to students in terms of Schedule Norms and Standards for School of Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 ie the minimum number of working days 200 and a minimum of 800 teaching hours for classes I to V and 220 working days and 1000 teaching hours for classes VI to VIII in an academic year.

The petitioner’s lawyers Ashok Aggarwal and Kumar Utkarsh stated that the impugned actions/non-actions are bad by law and would discourage students from continuing their studies.

The plea further argued that an average of 5000-6000 students are enrolled in each of the schools, so nearly 1 lakh students enrolled in these schools face more or less the same situation. This is a really alarming situation where our marginalized students are not getting the full attention of the Delhi government in terms of their education.

The petitioner alleged that by letters dated September 5, 2022 and September 12, 2022, he requested the Chief Minister and the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi to take immediate corrective action to protect the education and future of the many students studying in these schools. release, but no response has been received so far.

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