The appellant came to know through RTI that the school is not recognized & wanted the Directorate of Education to initiate action against the school under Sections 18/19 of the RTE Act, 2009 - CIC recommended the public authority to act take action
The appellant/complainant is present. The Public Authority is represented by Mr. Jagadish Prasad, Principal, Directorate of Education, GNCTD, Delhi. On request of complainant (hereinafter use as appellant) this complaint is treated as appeal, as he is seeking information.
2. The appellant filed RTI application on 3.5.2013 with regard to Jan Gan Public School, New Delhi through 6 points. PIO vide letter dated 10.06.2013 transferred the application to another PIO of their department. Being aggrieved, the appellant preferred First Appeal on 5.7.2013. FAA replied on 17.7.2013 , directing the PIO to provide the information within 7 days. Claiming dissatisfaction over the information furnished by the respondent authority, the appellant preferred Second Appeal before the Commission.
3. Both the parties made their submissions. The appellant says that the school authorities are selectively harassing his child if the child comes a little late. The child is asked to wait outside in the cold, thereby jeopardizing his health and he is not allowed to enter into the class room. Similar harassments were meted out to the child in the past. The appellant further submitted that when he approached the Dy. Director of Education, they suggested him to go to Police. He, therefore, filed RTI to know whether the school is recognized. The Public authority responded him that the School is not recognized. The appellant wants the respondent authority to initiate action against the school under Sections 18/19 of the RTE Act, 2009 for running the school without any recognition. On the other hand, the respondent authority submits that they cannot take any action against the unrecognized schools. The Commission feels that the stand taken by the respondent authority is not correct. Therefore, the respondent authority is recommended to implement the provisions of the Right to Education Act, 2009 and act against the said school as per the provisions of that law to question them for running it without getting recognition from the Directorate of Education, within 15 days from the date of receipt of this order.
4. Appeal is disposed off accordingly.
(M. Sridhar Acharyulu)
Citation: Shri Narender Kumar v. Directorate of Education (East District), GNCTD in File No.CIC/DS/C/2013/000385SA