Mumbai: The Bombay High Court today directed
the government to use teachers from private unaided schools
for census duty only before or after the school hours, and to
exempt teachers of standards 10th and 12th altogether from the
The Court was hearing a petition challenging the state
government`s directive to all schools, including private
unaided ones, to keep their teachers free from January 1 to
March 15 for the census duty.
"Census work can happen in the evening also. Summon the
teachers either before or after school hours and it is up to
the school head to decide which teachers are to be sent. But
the teachers should be competent enough to handle the work,"
the division bench of Justices P B Majmudar and Amjad Sayed
But this will not apply to the teachers of schools run by
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the Court said.
"This is only an interim arrangement. For the next
census, why don`t you (government) appoint people and train
them beforehand. There are so many unemployed teachers.
Problem in our country is that everyone wakes up at the last
hour," Justice Majmudar remarked.
The court further directed private unaided schools to
co-operate with the government for five days from March 1 to
5, when the teachers would be required to work for the whole
day as all the enumerators would be required.
The first phase of the 15th national Census started from
May 1 last year, the second phase is to start from February 9.