To ameliorate infrastructure,education and basic facilities in government schools,the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday directed the Chandigarh Administration to constitute a committee to look into the matter.
Detailed directions were passed by a division bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Augustine George Masih during the resumed hearing of a public interest litigation (PIL). The Bench made it clear that there should be no deficiency in the facilities and infrastructure provided to government school children. A committee has been ordered to be constituted to look into such issues. The court also directed the Administration to submit a detailed inspection report of all the government schools in Chandigarh. The court on the last date of hearing had directed the Independent School Association to provide complete information about their fee and salary structure and also told it to make payments to its teachers through account payee cheques only.
The High Court had also ordered that facilities and infrastructure provided by the private schools in comparison to government schools be also furnished. The Association in its reply submitted that such a comparison between government and private schools will be unjustified.
The Court,on the last date of hearing,had directed the association to prepare a chart,comparing it with government schools,mentioning their fee structure and salary paid by them to their teachers. Directions were also been given to provide information about the qualifications of teachers serving in private schools of the city. The HC had also asked private schools to provide information about the number of teachers dismissed by them in the past five years.