Srinagar: Asking the state government to utilise funds meant for schools, the J&K High Court on Wednesday demanded a report on this within a week.
Amicus Curie Syed Musaib had informed the court that there was no proper implementation of education schemes and students in government schools were not getting their due. He said that there were no facilities being provided to students, even though the state was getting enough funds from the centre for the facilities.
Hearing a PIL (public interest litigation) filed in this regard, a division bench of Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey remarked to the state government that mere paperwork was not acceptable.
“Every child has to have a desk and chair and they (state government) get Rs 500 for this, but the state is not providing it to them,” the Chief Justice said.
The court said that classroom teacher-pupil ratio should not exceed more than 40 and that schools should be noise-free zones with proper signs in place so that education is provided in a suitable atmosphere.
Advocate BA Dar stated before the court that the state government follows infrastructural norms and facilities are provided under centrally-sponsored schemes SSA (Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan) and RMSA (Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan).
He further stated that the requirement of teachers in respect of the norm has been notified vide SRO no.123 and same shall be done very soon. The court directed the state to file a report on the next hearing.
The court also directed the state to file report of schools that fall under the district plan. The court further said that other directions with respect to schools will be passed on the next hearing.