The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday issued notices to Haryana on a petition that alleged that the state is not serious about implementing the Right to Education Act in its true spirit. The Court has directed Haryana to file its response by December 3. Notices have been issued to the director-general of school education and director of elementary education on a petition filed by Bijender Singh of Pillu Khera Mandi in Jind district.
In his petition, Bijender Singh contended that the instead of “increasing the availability of teachers” to implement the RTE, the government was reducing their number.
Citing rules, the petitioner has alleged that individual attention was required to be given to all students. But, this was not feasible by reducing the number of teachers and by reducing weekly periods of the subjects.
It has been further alleged that Haryana was deploying “thousands of teachers in various non-teaching works, like being deployed as booth-level officers for preparing new voter lists, which was against the spirit of the RTE.”
“This phenomenon was evident throughout Haryana. The petitioner has seen many such instances wherein, the teachers who are teaching in the class are disturbed by such type of activities. It is detrimental to the interest of students ,” reads the petition.