Telangana High Court has expressed dismay about ongoing online classes for schoolchildren. The panel comprising Chief Justice Ragahvendra Singh Chauhan and Justice B Vijayasen Reddy was probing into public interest litigation case filed by Hyderabad School Parents Association (HSPA) which questioned the legitimacy of online classes and collection of tuition fee. The Chief Justice questioned about the veracity of online classes without any clear idea of academic year.
The panel had highlighted that 11 states in the country have paused online classes after studies revealed that it affected eyesight of children besides adding to the financial crisis of families with more than one child.
“It is self-contradictory, the government stand is vague. You are not permitting but you are also not forbidding the online classes”, commented the Chief Justice. The panel stated that government is required to take a stand in this case.
Senior counsel, Adinarayana Rao representing the private school managements said that the academic year in ICSE and CBSE schools has begun from March and therefore the Central Government has allowed online classes. Rao mentioned that education might come to a complete standstill for a handful of students who cannot afford the resources. “The state has responsibilities towards the have-nots,” explained the Chief Justice mentioning about the lives of migrant workers whose livelihood has been dishevelled due to factory closures.
HSPA Vice-President Seema Agarwal said, “The court was also of the opinion that it was pathetic that classes were being carried out for children even in the nursery and lower classes.”
Joint Secretary of HSPA, Venkat Sainath, has objected conducting online classes for students up to class VI.