‘Online classes not feasible in long run’: Class 12 student moves Supreme Court

A Class XII student from Delhi has moved Supreme Court seeking directions to the Union and States to consider and take a time-bound decision with regard to the physical re-opening of schools and conduct of offline teaching, Live Law reported.

The plea by Amar Prem Prakash has sought to raise the issue of deprivation and ill-effects, both psychological and actual, of school children being kept away from attending their schools physically and having to join their classes virtually instead.

According to the plea, in many cases, it is not possible for economically deprived students to attend virtual classes and have to take resort to private tuitions or coaching, or manual remunerative work in the absence of regular schooling to make ends meet.

The Class 12 student told court that the student community of India, are not being afforded access to their schools and educational institutions, in as much as offline teaching continues to remain suspended in several states of the country, thereby resulting in a denial of the exalted principles enshrined in Articles 14 and 21 read with Article 21A of the Constitution of India.