New Delhi: Delhi High Court on Wednesday told the city's civic agencies to frame standards for infrastructure in schools run by them.

"By the standards we mean standard size of classrooms, standard size of school buildings with the given number of children, size of playgrounds, size and number of desks, size of blackboard etc. We must also not forget that some of the students are disabled and what are the standards for them. Standards are placed before the court," a division bench of Acting Chief Justice B.D. Ahmed and Justice Vibhu Bakhru said.

The bench also directed the Delhi government to exercise the same standards in schools under them. The court's direction came after advocate Ashok Agarwal raised the issue of no proper facilities for students studying in MCD schools.

"We direct that corporations shall clearly indicate an alternate method for registering complaints regarding corporal punishment. At present, complaints are being registered with the principal of schools," it said.

The court was also hearing a PIL which raised issues ranging from corporal punishment to infrastructure and quality of teaching in schools run by the government and the civic agencies. The plea said that students were mercilessly beaten by teachers, who rarely took classes.

"The students are consistently abused and beaten with canes. Some teachers fling shoes at students for pointing out their mistakes. Others are beaten up for using the teachers' toilets," the petition said.

According to the plea, students of government schools Rama Krishna, Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya and Sarvodya Kanya Vidyalaya and two MCD schools had sent postcards to the chief justice of Delhi High Court highlighting their problems.


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