New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday issued a notice to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on a plea challenging the board’s amended rule that says the teachers won’t indulge into any non-academic duties like accompanying students in school buses.
A bench of acting chief justice Gita Mittal and justice C Hari Shankar sought a response from the CBSE and Delhi’s Directorate of Education by November 6.
The CBSE, in October 2016, issued a circular under the subject ‘Guidelines on work profile of teachers in CBSE affiliated schools’. In the circular, CBSE had strictly ordered its affiliated schools to ensure that teachers are not engaged in activities other than those related to teaching, professional enhancement, examination, evaluation, etc.
The circular also stated that, “The provision shall be made by the school authorities for travelling of at least one lady attendant/lady guard in each school bus, keeping in view the safety of the school students.”
The Delhi High Court came into action in a response to the plea filed by NGO Angika Development Society through advocate Arjun Harkauli challenging the CBSE’s October 2016 circular and sought its quashing.
Advocate Arjun Harkauli, appearing for the petitioner, argued that the regulation of the management and administration of school education in Delhi, including conditions of services of teachers is covered by the Delhi School Education Act and according to the Supreme Court directives, the Delhi government had already formulated detailed directives that “teachers and bus monitors should accompany students in school buses”. So, issuance of any directive on this subject doesn’t fall under CBSE’s domain as it is merely an examination board.
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