The court took suo moto cognizance of 181 postcards written by the students of government and MCD (Municipal Corporation of Delhi) schools in Madanpur Khadar to the acting chief justice of the high court raising issues ranging from corporal punishment to infrastructure and quality of teaching.
A division bench of Acting Chief Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Rajeev Sahai Endlaw asked the Delhi government and MCD to file their reply within four weeks and posted the matter for Nov 7.
The school children have alleged that they are "consistently abused and beaten up with fists, kicks, flinging shoes, sandals and canes. Some teachers fling shoes towards students for pointing out the teacher's mistakes. Others are beaten up with shoe-blows for using teachers' toilets, while students' toilets are in an unusable state".
The plea filed by Ashok Aggarwal summarised the content of the postcards.
"Some teachers play cricket in school instead of teaching. About 140-150 students are accommodated in one classroom having not more than 20-30 benches. Rainwater leaking through broken ceilings and collecting in classrooms and on walls give electric shocks," the petition said.
"Some teachers abuse students for asking for a toilet break. Students are also beaten up if they ask for more food in mid-day meals. Some others assault them for asking questions while they do not explain anything by themselves," it added.
The students of two government schools - Rama Krishna Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya and Sarvodya Kanya Vidyalaya - and two primary schools run by MCD wrote the postcards highlighting the problems faced by them.