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RTI exposes lack of facilities in school

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As reported at thehindu.com on Jul 19, 2009


MADURAI: The Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005 has exposed the appalling conditions of a middle school in Tiruchi where 195 students were suffering from lack of basic facilities such as electricity, ventilation, toilets and structurally stable buildings.


Disposing of a public interest litigation (PIL) petition filed on the strength of information obtained under the RTI Act, the Madras High Court Bench here on Friday directed the education officials to shift the students to other schools.


The Tiruchi District Elementary Educational Officer (DEEO) was ordered to transfer immediately all 195 students studying in Standard Six to Eight in Sacred Heart Middle school at Pushpa Nagar, Sangiliandapuram, to two other nearby schools.


A Division Bench comprising Justice V. Ramasubramanian and Justice D. Hariparanthaman held that the temporary recognition granted to the middle school, until October 31, 2009, was illegal.


Mr. Justice Ramasubramanian directed the Collector and the Director of Elementary Education in Chennai to inspect the buildings where the school was accommodating students studying in Standards I to V and ascertain whether they had all necessary facilities.


Source: The Hindu : Tamil Nadu / Madurai News : RTI exposes lack of facilities in school

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