The Allahabad High Court has asked the Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary to ensure that government servants, elected representatives and members of judiciary, and all other persons who get any benefit or salary from state exchequer or public fund send their children to primary schools run by the state Board for Secondary Education. Passing the judgement, Justice Sudhir Agarwal also ruled that penal provisions be laid down for those who violated the order.
The court took a serious note of the condition of the junior basic schools in the state and said until wards of Judges, people’s representatives and bureaucrats do not study compulsorily in these schools, the condition will not improve. The court asked the state government to file the action taken report within six months.
The order came on a PIL which had challenged the process of selection of Associate Teachers for government-run primary and junior high schools in the state for the years 2013 and 2015. The court pulled up the state’s Basic Education department for negligent and casual amendments in rules pertaining to appointment of teachers, besides Government Orders issued time-to-time which, it said, paved way for multifarious litigations resulting in not only delay in appointment of primary teachers, but also a very heavy pressure on the court.