High court issues state government a notice against private tuitions
Agartala: A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Agartala High Court against Government and Non-Government school teachers for holding private tuitions. From the perspective of a letter sent to the Chief Justice complaining against private tutors, the High Court took up a suo moto case. Hearing was witnessed under the Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice UB Saha. The Division Bench said that owing to private tuitions, the educational rights of students is in peril. Even the parents belonging to poor families are compelled to send their children for private tuitions.
The High Court said that according to the Indian Constitution's Section 21 (A), private tuitions are a hindrance to the given educational rights and it is also a violation of the quality education imparted in schools according to Section C of the Right to Education Act 2009.
The High Court further added in its verdict that the students go for private tuitions under coercion by the teachers. On refusal by the students, they are meted out injustice in internal assessments.
Private tuitions are still held by a legion of teachers despite being banned under Section 28 of the Right to Education Act, 2009. The State Government's circular against private tuitions at the primary level failed to yield results.
The High Court went on asking, "How come private tuitions are banned only at the primary level, and not at the secondary and higher secondary level?"
The High Court also directed Non-Government school teachers against holding private tuitions.
The Division Bench directed the State's School Education Department, Higher Education Department to issue a notice regarding this. Simultaneously, Principals of 16 Non-Government schools have been directed to file an affidavit. Apart from this, the state's Education Secretary and Chief Secretary has been directed to file an affidavit before the Court within 31st July offering an explanation on steps against private tuitions at the primary level by issuing the circulation.