STATE TIMES NEWS
JAMMU: A Division Bench (DB) of State High Court comprising Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur and Justice Sanjay Kumar Gupta on Saturday directed State to file status report in terms of order dated July 24, 2018 whereby Division Bench had sought a status report with regard to infrastructure in the schools including primary and upper primary schools, which are situated in rural and urban areas.
The court direction came in a Public Interest Litigation filed by All Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh Teachers Federation (AJKLTF) seeking direction for State to frame a policy for maintaining student-teacher ratio in the schools without any discrimination and implement the same in true letter and spirit.
Pranav Kohli appearing for the PIL submitted that transfers of the teachers are made so casually by the Head of the Department that sometimes a school having a meager strength of children gets teachers whose number exceeds the children studying in schools and on the other hand, the schools which are situated at a far off distance remained deprived of adequate number of teachers merely because of corrupt and vested interest of some of the officers. He has also submitted that the student-teacher ratio in the schools which are located in the cities is much rnore than the ratio in villages and the infrastructure of majority of the schools is in dilapidated condition, and no steps are being taken by the concerned authorities improve the same.
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