The Delhi High Court On Wednesday directed
the Delhi Government to implement the report of the “Expert Committee on
Psycho-Physical Requirement and Medical Crisis Management Mechanism in Schools”
prepared by the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights.
The report emphasizes that the
schools should include safety and accident prevention in their regular curriculum
and also adhere to basic safety standards in schools. It highlights the immediate
availability of First Aid in the schools and emergency care plan. The over 50
recommendations of the report – which was submitted in the year 2010 -- also
deals with each and every aspect of the psychological and physical health and
requirements of school children. At the time of the release of the report, the
Government had assured that all possible steps to examine and implement the recommendations
expeditiously shall be taken.
Mr Ashok Agarwal, who was amicus curiae
in the matter, submitted that of and on accidents are taking place within the
schools resulting in serious injuries and even deaths of students but there is
nothing in the schools to take care of such medical emergencies. The government
is just delaying the things which is causing serious prejudice to nearly 45
lakhs children studying in government, government-aided and private schools in
Delhi. Implementation of recommendations of the committee is the need of the
hour, Mr Agarwal further submitted.
On the earlier date of hearing on 21/12/2011
the court had directed the Delhi Government to submit a report on what action
has been taken on the aforesaid report and whether there is a move to provide
adequate health and safety measures in the schools. Thereafter, on 18/04/2012,
the Delhi Government informed the court that a “Medical Crisis Management
Committee” has been set up for the purpose and a meeting of the said committee
had been fixed for 17/04/2012 but that meeting could not take place as the MCD
elections was scheduled for 15/04/2012 and the officials were involved in the counting
of votes. And that the next meeting would be convened within the next 10 days.
The court however pointed out that the “Expert Committee on Psycho-Physical
Requirement and Medical Crisis Management Mechanism in Schools” was constituted
by the Delhi government, therefore the main task of the new committee (Medical
Crisis Management Committee) set up by the Delhi Government was only to ensure
how the recommendations of the earlier Committee are implemented. “Therefore, the working out of such modalities
should not take much time. Since the matter pertains to the protection of the
rights of children, that too, suffering from psycho-physical ailments, we expect
early response and decision of the committee on these issues,” the court ruled.
The court has now directed the Delhi
Government to file a status report as regard the implementations of the “Expert
Committee on Psycho-Physical Requirement and Medical Crisis Management
Mechanism in Schools”
Next date of hearing is 16.05.2012.