A DAY after a Delhi High Court bench pulled up the government for poor infrastructure in schools, NGO Social Jurist moved a plea to initiate contempt of court proceedings against the Directorate of Education, Delhi government as well as the departments of education of the three municipal corporations for failing to fill vacancies of over 26,000 posts of teachers despite court orders.
The plea is scheduled to be heard before the High Court on October 17 when the court reconvenes after the Dussehra holidays. In the plea filed through advocates Ashok Aggarwal and Khagesh Jha, the NGO has said the Division Bench of the High Court in December 2001 had passed directions to fill all vacancies.
The government and the MCDs had given a schedule for filling vacant teaching posts in all schools, and had assured the court that recruitments would be made according to the schedule. The NGO had moved a contempt plea in 2010 as the vacancies had not been filled.
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Six years later, the NGO found that 26,031 sanctioned posts of teachers are still lying vacant in 1,977 government-run schools across the city, including all Delhi government and MCD schools.
“Due to deliberate omission on the part of the respondents, as many as 26,031 ( this does not include the 9,000 new posts created by government) posts of teachers are still lying vacant in Delhi government and three MCD-run schools, depriving the students of their fundamental right to receive quality education,” the NGO has said.
According to the plea, 15,40,691 students are studying in 1,011 schools run by government. Another 3,29,000 students are studying in 719 primary schools run by North Delhi Municipal Corporation, 2.86 lakh students in 579 primary schools run by SDMC and 3.50 lakh students are studying in 387 primary schools run by East Delhi Municipal Corporation.
Thus, a total of 25,05,691 students are studying in 1,977 schools run by government and three MCDs, according to the data submitted by the NGO.