Explain Zero Admissions to 398 Schools: SC to TS Govt

Apex Court Bench directs amicus curiae to inspect facilities at schools and submit report

Published: 13th April 2016 05:21 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th April 2016 05:21 AM   |  A+A-

HYDERABAD: Expressing wonder at ‘zero admissions’ to as many as 398 government schools in Telangana state, the Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the government to explain, within four weeks, the reasons for not having admissions to 398 schools.

A division Bench comprising justices Deepak Misra and Keerthi Singh was dealing with petitions filed seeking directions to the Telangana and AP governments to take steps for filling teacher posts in government schools.

Ashok Gupta, amicus curiae in the case, submitted that the TS government was not making efforts to fill up the vacancies in teaching posts and the government itself admitted in its affidavit that no admission was taken place in 398 schools in the current academic year.

Maintaining that providing basic amenities and implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act was the responsibility of the state government, the Bench asked the amicus curiae to visit schools in TS along with the advocate of Telangana Parents Federation and study the reasons for admissions not being registered in government schools and also inspect the facilities available therein, and submit a report to the court within four weeks.Vishwanath Setty, counsel appearing for TS, submitted that Telangana was a newly-formed state and the government was taking steps to improve the conditions in government schools. The Bench said it appeared that the state had not taken any steps to attract students to schools, and posted the case to May 10 for further hearing.


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