New Delhi: Dirty,
non-functional toilets form a major chunk of the complaints filed
by parents in Delhi under violation of the Right to Education
According to a statement by the National Commission for Protection
of Child Rights (NCPCR), with which the complaints have been
filed, as many as 206 of the total 800 complaints filed over the
past one year from east Delhi's Trilokpuri and Kalyanpuri areas
are to do with dirty, non-functional toilets in schools.
In a public hearing on violations against the RTE Act Wednesday,
the five-member jury - comprising members of the NCPCR's RTE cell
and Joint Operation for Social Help (JOSH) - asked the
administration to submit a report on the status of toilets in all
schools in Delhi.
"The jury asked the administration to submit a report on the
status of toilets in all schools and submit it to the commission.
In addition to issuing case-wise directions, the commission also
issued a set of general recommendations to the state on developing
a school safety policy and a school health policy," the statement
The public hearing, which took place in Trilokpuri, saw
participation of 1,400 people. Of the total violations, 25 cases
were presented before the jury.
"The jury panel heard complaints on issues relating to negligence
of school authorities leading to severe injury to a child,
corporal punishment, collection of fees, denial of admission,
quality of education, infrastructure and poor quality mid-day
meal," the statement said.
Citing one case, it said: "The case of teacher negligence for
instance was particularly shocking where a boy, Hemant, suffered a
hand injury of permanent nature while playing in the class in the
absence of the teacher. Delay in taking him to the hospital and
also refusal (to admit him) by the government hospital, according
to the victim's family, further aggravated the injury."
"The teacher and the hospital officials concerned denied that a
delay was caused. Insensitive remarks by the vice principal of the
school like 'children keep falling' and his general disinterest
took the panel aback. The jury recommended that be a detailed
investigation by the commission and it was also directed that the
school maintain records of such incidents," it added.
The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act
promises free and compulsory education to children in the age
group of six to 14. It came into force from April 1 last year.