The Madras High Court bashed the state Government for granting reckless approval to play schools. Taking a strong stand on the issue, the High Court has asked the School Education Secretary to appear before the court on 16th June if all the norms aren't followed by then.
The order was given by a bench of HC comprising of chief justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and justice T S Sivagnanam. A local play school had filed a miscellaneous petition seeking a judicial direction to the state's education department with the context of the approvals waiting to be given to pre-schools and play schools.
The 2 judge bench said "Once again, a request for adjournment is made for further six weeks time. Prima facie, there appears to be no seriousness on the part of government in finalizing the norms despite repeated directions,"
The court accepted the request of the government to adjourn the hearing and ordered the school education secretary to make an appearance before the court on 16th June along with all the concerned records related to the approval of play schools.
The PIL filed in the court is seeking closure of more than 760 play schools spread across the state since they are allegedly running without the required permissions and approvals by the government.
The PIL also said that the schools were charging sky high fees which is against the directives of the government.