Doing away with the June 15th order of abolishing online education for primary classes, schools are directed to resume online classes in Karnataka for students of all classes by the primary and secondary education department. Previously, the government had imposed a ban on virtual learning in private schools’ primary sections throughout the state under section 7 of the Karnataka Education Act, 1983. The decision comes as a relief to the schools that are now eligible to conduct the classes according to the MHRD guidelines-
- Classes I to V, 30 to 45 minutes a day. Three days a week.
- Classes VI to VIII, 30 to 45 minutes and not exceeding two hours. Five days a week
- Classes IX and X, 30 to 45 minutes and not exceeding four hours a day. Five days a week
“Can’t the online classes be permitted for a few hours? Some solution has to be found out. Online is limited to cities, what about rural areas?” the bench comprising Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Nataraj Rangaswamy had asked.
The new order comes after a group of parents and private school managements filed a petition to the high court questioning the merit of the ban issued by the state education department.
“Now, the State Government has recognised that they cannot ban online classes, instead they will issue guidelines for schools. While this is alright for schools regulated by the State, it will not work for central board or international schools as we have our boards to answer to. State government needs to stop being an impediment here, instead it should enable online learning as schools around the world have embraced online classes as a valid and necessary component of learning especially until kids can physically go back to school,” comments Shweta Sastri, Managing Director, Canadian International School.