The petition sought to fill teachers’ vacancies in municipal schools and to install CCTV cameras and biometric machines in them for the benefit of children enrolled in them.
A bench of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramonium Prasad issued a notice to the corporation on the petition, which also sought to make available proper infrastructure, including permanent structure, classrooms, drinking water, toilet facilities and computer labs, in the schools. The high court has posted the matter for hearing in March next year.
Petitioner Salek Chand Jain said that he had made several representations to the authorities for completion of school infrastructure and filling vacancies in various disciplines. The petition was filed through JK Gupta.
Apart from seeking installation of CCTV cameras, the PIL also sought appointment of security guards for students’ safety. “Due to lack of faculty, students in MCD schools cannot get quality education. Similarly, due to vacant posts of security guards, children, particularly minor girls, are unsafe,” the plea said, claiming “several instances of outraging modesty of girls in schools”.
The petition further urged the high court to direct the civic body to remove the pota cabin/temporary sheds and construct permanent classrooms so that the schools could have proper boundaries with gates, keeping the safety and security of the children in mind.
The plea also alleged that several schools do not have a proper library and have not subscribed to science, social science and monthly magazines. It also pointed to several posts of librarians remaining vacant.