Delhi High Court (Manmohan J.) today directed the Director of Education, Govt. of NCT of Delhi to take a view as to what constitutes adequate writing material vis-a-vis each student admitted to schools at elementary level run by Government/MCD in terms of Rule 8 of Delhi Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Rules, 2011 and place before the Court within 4 weeks.
The Court was hearing a petition by a class III student of NDMC School, Master Satyam Prajapati filed through Adv Ashok Agarwal highlighting that the Government/MCD have not discharged their obligation in terms of Rule 8 of Delhi Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Rules, 2011 which entitles every student to get free writing material. It was submitted that NDMC are providing 5 subject notebooks and 1 drawing book per year to the students at elementary level that do not constitute adequate writing material. The petition had also highlighted that there were 4 lakh students studying in 740 primary school run by NDMC and they had not been provided even with 5 notebooks and 1 drawing book in the year 2015-16 which they were getting earlier.
“That though the NDMC in its affidavit has said that in addition to the supply of notebooks, the proposal for providing other writing/stationery materials i.e. pen, pencils, rubber, sharpener etc. in future was also being considered, the things are not clear and therefore, the Director of Education, Govt. of Delhi may be directed to take a decision in this regard so that all students at elementary level both in Govt. and MCDs schools could be benefited”, argued Mr. Agarwal.
Next date of hearing is 25.04.2016.
Ashok Agarwal, Advocate