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SC Directs Governments To Improve Basic Facilities in Schools In 6 Months

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SC Order To Provide Basic Facilities in SchoolsDisposing of a petition moved by NGO Environment and Consumer Protection Foundation, on Wednesday, the Supreme Court, issued order to the state governments to provide educational, sanitation and drinking water infrastructure in the schools including separate toilet facilities for boys and girls, drinking water facilities, sufficient class rooms and the appointment of teaching and no-teaching staff within six months. The judgement was delivered by an apex court bench of Justice K.S. Radhakrishanan and Justice Dipak Misra, wherein Justice Radhakrishnan has said, “We make it clear that these directions are applicable to all the schools, whether state-owned or private, aided or unaided, minority or non-minority.”

The court has also said in its order that if the directions are not fully implemented, it would be open to the aggrieved parties to move the court for appropriate orders.

There are 1,096,064 government schools. Out of these, 624,074 schools have girl toilets and 824,605 schools have common toilets for boys and girls.

Referring to its April 12 verdict, upholding the constitutional validity of the right to education law providing for free and compulsory education to students up to the age of 14 years, the court said that it gave some directions so that the mandate of the law could be carried out.

The court in its April judgment highlighted the necessity of constituting a regulatory authority for effective functioning of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act.

The judgment said that on the basis of the directions issued by the apex court in the instant matter some States submitted the details of the infrastructure facilities in the schools in their respective states.

“This court noticed that some of the schools have not provided proper toilet facilities for boys and girls and, in some of the schools, it was noticed that there is no provision for drinking water as well,” the judgment said.

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