The High Court on Wednesday directed the Delhi government to ensure within eight weeks that all government and recognised private schools have a doctor and a compounder on the premises during school hours.
Disposing of a PIL,a division bench of Acting Chief Justice A K Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw said the government should comply with Rule 38 of the Delhi School Education Act,which says that every school should appoint a medical officer on a part-time or whole-time basis who will be assisted by a compounder.
The court rejected the governments argument that schools have been linked with nearby government hospitals and doctors couldnt be provided to each school due to a financial crunch.
The court had earlier issued notice to the government on an NGOs complaint that school authorities failed to ensure timely treatment of a Class VII student who suffered an eye injury in August last year.
The NGOs president had written to the High Court,seeking action against the school authorities and the government. The letter said that after the incident,the victim was left outside the emergency of the Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital. His parents had to come and take him elsewhere for treatment.
The division bench had converted the letter into a PIL and issued notice to the government.
Appearing today,the amicus curiae advocate Ashok Agarwal referred to a 2010 Delhi Commission Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) report,titled Psycho-physical requirement and medical crisis management in schools.
The report had suggested measures such as the constitution of an emergency response team,appointment of doctors,inclusion of safety and accident prevention in regular curriculum and a dispensary in the school building,among others.