The Allahabad High Court directed the Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh to ensure that all government officials, elected representatives, members of judiciary and all other persons who get any benefit or salary from state exchequer or public fund send their children to primary schools run by the state Board for Secondary Education.
Passing the judgement, Justice Sudhir Agarwal also ruled that penal provisions be laid down for those who violated the order.
The Court in its direction asked the chief secretary to take steps within six months so as to make the aforesaid directions effective from the next academic session of primary schools. It also asked him to submit a compliance report immediately after the lapse of six months.
The decision came after the court took a serious note of the condition of the primary schools of the state while hearing a writ petitions filed by Umesh Kumar Singh and several others challenging the process of selection of Associate Teachers for government-run primary and junior high schools for the years 2013 and 2015.
While hearing the PIL, the court said that until wards of Judges, people’s representatives and bureaucrats do not study compulsorily in these schools, the condition will not improve.