Cold Response to HC Order on Enquiry Desks

Published: 08th May 2015 06:01 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th May 2015 06:01 AM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI:  Despite a detailed direction from the Madras High Court to the Directorate of School Education to set up facilities for the benefit of students and parents at its premises on Wednesday, the authorities have showed little interest in implementing the order, said those who visited the office on Thursday.

The court had directed the directorate to set up at its premises adequate number of enquiry counters, fix display boards giving directions to the counters and facilitate parents and students on the date of publishing the results of class XII and X.

This was after a public interest litigation petition filed by N Arivazhagan, who sought direction to the school education department to set up adequate number of counters for enquiry on the date of publishing results of class XII and X. He had also sought display boards to direct people to these counters, proper acknowledgment for receipt of original mark sheets when applied for corrections, and also to set up specific section to receive complaints. When the petition came up for hearing before the Vacation Bench comprising Justice S Tamilvanan and Justice S Manikumar yesterday, the special government pleader for the Department of School Education submitted that the first three facilities sought by the petitioner will be complied with to the maximum extent possible.

Recording his submission, the bench directed the Department of School Education and Directorate of Government Examinations to implement the facilities sought by the petitioner and publish the same in the media so as to inform the public. However, a senior official from Directorate of Government Examination said, “Till now we did not receive any order from the Madras High Court. But we have retained the counter to receive complaints, as usual.”

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