HC seeks status report on student/teacher ratio in govt schools across J&K

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High Court today directed the state government for informing it about the status with regard to the student/teacher ratio as fixed by Union Ministry of Human Resources in respect of the Primary Schools/Upper Primary Schools situated in Urban and Rural areas.

Division Bench of State High Court Comprising Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Sanjeev Kumar after hearing Adv Frahan Mirza for the PIL whereas AAG Ravinder Gupta for the State granted final opportunity of three weeks’ to file the status report with regard to the Student/Teacher ratio as fixed by the Ministry of Human Resources, Government of India, in respect of the Primary Schools/Upper Primary Schools situated in Urban and Rural areas.

Division Bench further directed that the status report shall also indicate as to whether the said ratio is being maintained throughout the State of Jammu and Kashmir.  During the course of hearing Adv Frahan Mirza submitted that the issues regarding transfers of the teachers, which are made so casually by the Head of the Department that sometimes, a school having a meagre strength of children gets teachers whose number exceeds the children studying in schools.

On the other hand, the schools which are situated at a far off distance remained deprived of adequate number of teachers with; the result the next generation remains deprived of its fundamental right, i.e. Right to Education merely because of corrupt, vested interest of some of the officers. As per the Petitioner’s information, the student-teacher ratio in the schools which are located in the cities is much rnore than the ratio in villages. Moreover, the infrastructure of majority of the schools is in depilated conditions, and no steps are being taken by the concerned authorities in this regard, by siphoning the funds sanctioned for the said purpose. The Petitioner has raised its concern before the concerned authorities time and again but action has been taken till date.

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