In schools where there is no space, options like adding another floor with “light-gauge steel-framed structure” may be considered in consultation with PWD. “Clubbing” more than one class in a room is not a solution to space crunch; rooms blocked as “sports/NCC/NSS/admission/etc” must be vacated to make space for classes if there is a shortage of classrooms, as per the minutes of the meeting. Officials have also been directed to look for vacant land and use “surplus infrastructure in adjoining MCD schools”. In 2022, a PIL in the HC had raised the issue of irregular classes in government schools in Northeast Delhi due to a space crunch. The DoE, in its response to the matter last year, had said some schools have over 100 students in a classroom. A report submitted to the HC by advocate Ashok Agarwal, appearing for the petitioner, NGO Social Jurist, earlier this month, had pointed to issues of infrastructure and lack of facilities at schools in Northeast Delhi Khajuri Khas, Gokalpuri, Johripur, Bhajanpura, Sabhapur, Dayalpur, Yamuna Vihar, and Badarpur Khadar. 

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