The Supreme Court Friday sought explanations from the Centre and all states and UTs on shortage of schools and trained teachers across the country, in violation of the Right To Education (RTE) Act.
A bench led by CJI P Sathasivam issued notices on a PIL that highlighted various governmental and private studies to point up that around 3.77 crore children between the age of 6 and 14 were out of schools owing to failure by the authorities in creating necessary infrastructure and providing suitable atmosphere.
The PIL, filed by the National Coalition for Education — a network of organisations fighting for the RTE — said at least 1.5 lakh schools and 12 lakh trained teachers were required to fulfill the goals envisaged under the RTE.
Appearing for the petitioner, senior advocate Colin Gonsalves sought a direction to all states to complete the required neighbourhood mapping within six months and new schools be constructed six months after completion of the process.
The petition asked the states and the UTs to recruit and train one lakh additional professionally trained teachers every month to end the shortage of educators within a year. It sought a direction that “the states and UTs upgrade all deficient schools with appropriate physical infrastructure so as to be in compliance with the RTE Act within six months.
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The petition also said the states and the UTs should disclose the number of students admitted under the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) quota in the state in accordance with the provisions of the Act.