Can school seats be increased without facilities?
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Last Updated: Monday, June 20, 2011, 20:39
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday decided to examine whether government can unilaterally increase the number of seats in schools without creating adequate infrastructural facilities.

A bench of justices P Sathasivam and AK Patnaik issued a notice to Gujarat state after some parents challenged the government's decision to increase the existing seating capacity in schools from 45 to 60 in all aided and un-aided schools.

The Gujarat High Court had earlier dismissed the plea of the petitioners on the ground that it was a policy decision which cannot be challenged in courts.

Aggrieved, the parents filed a PIL in the apex court.

Senior counsel Raju Ramachanadran, appearing for the petitioners, submitted the decision of the state smacked of arbitrariness and ought to be quashed as it would cause serious difficulties for both teachers and schools.

Ramachandran said increasing the seating capacity in the classrooms without creating adequate infrastructure like expanding the rooms and appointing more teachers would make the classes unwieldy and unmanageable.

He pointed out that the classes would now be conducted in a cramped atmosphere where the students would not get sufficient attention from teachers but the children will have very little leg space that could eventually affect their physical and mental health.

Agreeing with the arguments, the apex court sought a response of the government within four weeks.


First Published: Monday, June 20, 2011, 20:39

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