Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 week ago | 22-06-2022 | 06:00 am
The Gujarat High Court on Tuesday observed that steps taken by the state authorities in improving school infrastructure are not only satisfactory but also almost on par with private institutions. The court observed this based on the affidavit and annexures filed showing the condition and other details of government schools in the state.The bench disposed of a suo motu petition related to alleged bad condition of schools in the state. The court had taken suo motu cognisance of a news article about the collapse of a school building at Vagalvada village in Chhota Udepur district, and some parts of a school building collapsing at Pratappura in Mahisagar district and some students getting injured in the incident.The bench noted that the annexure made in the affidavit revealed that infrastructure facilities such as drinking water, toilets, and playgrounds have been provided at district/taluka levels, including buildings where classes are conducted. The court said that the advocate general has assured that any shortfall in the infrastructure would be addressed if brought to the notice of Vidya Sameeksha Kendra, Samagra Siksha Kendra or Gujarat Council of School Education.“We do not see any good ground why the statement made should not be accepted, particularly in the background of the statistics placed before this court (regarding infrastructure facilities) disclosing the steps taken by the state authorities, which are not only satisfactory but also almost on par with any other private schools,” the bench said.The government informed the court that an RCC building has been constructed at Vagalvada, and necessary instructions have been issued about the school at Pratappura. The court observed that it is “not only satisfied with the steps taken by the state but also places on record its appreciation for immediate steps taken on such deficiencies being pointed out”.There are 32,319 government schools in all, with 47,07,846 students. Almost all schools have toilets and drinking water supply, but at least 6,443 do not have playgrounds, it said.