New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today took
suo motu cognisance of a letter from primary school students
that many schools in the city have been functioning in tents
and sought a response from the city government as well as MCD
within four weeks.
Issuing notices to the Department of Education and MCD,
a Division Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice
Manmohan sought their replies by August 18.
Appearing for the students, counsel Ashok Aggarwal told
the bench that despite several orders being passed by this
very court to improve the conditions of primary schools, run
by MCD or NCT government, many schools have been running in
He also referred to the High Court`s previous directions
and said "the civic agency (MCD) has failed to construct the
required number of school buildings and 56 schools were found
running in the tents for this academic year.
The court converted the letter, written by more than
100 MCD as well as state government-run school students, into
a PIL in which the children also sent 141 post cards
addressing the Chief Justice and drawing his attention to the
condition of their schools.
They also alleged the authorities have violated the
provisions of Right to Education Act.