304 schools in distt without proper playground

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 30 Aug 2018 10:25:07


Staff Reporter,

As many as 304 secondary schools in Nagpur district do not have proper playgrounds and despite several notices and almost 50 per cent of them are run by Zilla Parishad, Municipal Corporation, Municipal Councils and Nagar Parishad. This shocking information was placed before the High Court by Education Officer (secondary) during the hearing of a PIL.

According to the affidavit, earlier the number of secondary schools without ground was 359, but 48 schools made arrangement of playground while seven schools had closed down. Majority 109 schools without ground are run by Zilla Parishad, 32 belong to Municipal Corporation while 6 belong to Municipal Councils. 72 secondary schools without ground are fully aided but run by private managements while 79 are private unaided schools. The Education Officer claimed that several reminders were sent to these schools directing them to ensure availability of playground for middle and high school going children. However, the affidavit did not spell names of these schools or the distance of ground from the school.

A division bench consisting of Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice Murlidhar Giratkar while expressing disappointment for lack of these essential details, directed the Education Officer to file a more detailed affidavit along with names of each schools running without proper playground. The High Court also wondered as to why large sum of money is spent on physical education teacher, when the playground is not available for physical education and there are no sporting activity.

The High Court also issued a bailable warrant against Education Officer (Primary) for not filing reply in spite of repeated opportunities and directed him to remain present on September 19.