Delhi HC issued a notice to the Central Board of Secondary Education and city government on a plea which challenged the board's new amended rule under which teachers will not accompany the students in the school bus and will not be given any work other than academic.
A division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar sought the response from the CBSE and Delhi's Directorate of Education (DOE) on the matter concerned. The plea has been filed by the NGO Angika Development Society through advocate Arjun Harkauli in which it has asked to quash the CBSE's order of teachers not accompanying the children in the school bus.
CBSE had asked all its affiliated schools to ensure that teachers are not unnecessarily burdened with other duties such as travelling with the children in the school bus other than those which are related to academics.
Harkauli argued that the Delhi government had already formulated detailed directives that "teachers and bus monitors should accompany students in school buses and hence it is not the domain of the CBSE to issue any directives on this subject as it merely an examination board".
The plea argued saying that the administration of the school and terms of the teacher's services are not the domain of CBSE and they fall under the authority of administrator under the Delhi School Education Act.
"Similarly in the respective state the relevant state school education Act applies. The impugned circular suffers from the vice of 'excessive legislation' beyond the scope of its authority. In any event, even the government resolution that created the CBSE does not grant it powers to frame rules regarding administrative running of school, service conditions of teachers and safety of children," the plea added.
"Parents feel confident when there is teacher in charge of a school bus, who can handle child psychology and well equipped to deal with emergencies and capable of effectively communicating with parents, school, local authorities, bus staff in case of an emergency," stated the plea.