Over the issue of inadequate teaching and non-teaching staff in the night school, the students of night school approached the Bombay HC to transfer or appoint the appropriate staff in the school.
The Night school is located in Bombay in Worli.
At present the school has only one teacher and one peon in the name of staff.
The petitioners are mainly the students of class III to X of Utkarsha Night High School.
During the daytime, most of the petitioners do odd jobs like rag picking and domestic help.
“They have enrolled in night school so that they can earn a living by working in the day time and can attend school in the evening,” states the petition.
According to the petition, the state government had approved five teaching staff and two non-teaching staff for the school but the owing to their day jobs the staff stopped reporting to the night school.
After the HC court orders, the state government passed a new resolution under which teachers who are working as full-time employees can take up a second job in the night schools.
“According to the resolution, the state had to appoint requisite number of teachers on temporary basis whereas only one teacher and one peon have been appointed till date. The said teacher teaches Marathi and is unable to devote adequate amount of time to all the students. Moreover, there are no teachers in the school for all other subjects…. The deficiency of staff stands as a hurdle for students to pursue their education,” stated the petition.
"Due to the unavailability of teaching staff, the students have been studying by themselves and are struggling to complete their syllabus. The petitioners are not only deprived of teaching staff, but also sweepers and cleaners have not been made available to the school and the cleaning work was being done by the students," the petition added.