High Court (India)

January 23, 2019

Playground on Campus Mandatory for School’s Affiliation, Rules Allahabad High Court


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A playground on the campus is a necessary and essential condition for a school’s affiliation, ruled the Allahabad High Court. The playground and school building should be part of one compact and contiguous land area, the court said. If the playground was on separate land, students would have to pass through a residential area, road, etc. which defeated the purpose of a playground, the court said.

Justice Ajay Bhanot dismissed a petition filed by Apple Grove School of Saharanpur and said that the existence of a playground was a prerequisite for grant of affiliation to a school.

The CBSE order dated November 1, 2018 was challenged by the petitioner school, which maintained that though it had a playground, the same was located on separate land. The school had applied for construction of a foot-over-bridge over the public road but was rejected.

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