DoE presses Delhi High Court urging private schools to provide laptops/mobile phones to EWC students

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Shivam Bhola

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The Delhi government’s DoE has recently presented the Delhi High Court advising that private unaided schools are obligated to provide devices such as laptops, mobile phones or laptops as well as high-speed internet to EWS (Economically Weaker Sections) or disadvantaged group category students admitted in their schools to avail online study.

In a counter affidavit submitted by the Directorate to the court on Friday, it was mentioned that that it is the duty of the schools to ensure no child be deprived of online education due to the shortage of learning material that are necessary for attending the online classes, and it was also added that as prescribed under the REA (Right to Education Act).  the Union of India is supposed to provide funds for reimbursement.

This counter affidavit was filed in response to a petition that seeked to offer desktops, laptops and mobile phones as well as high-speed internet connection to students belonging to the EWS who are studying in these private schools who are no able to attend the online classes organized by the faculties amidst the coronavirus lockdown.

Through the affidavit, the Delhi Police has also stated that it has already issued a show cause notice to the top 15 private schools in Delhi for failing to provide free devices for students to attend online classes.

The high court has also suggested that private schools and the government must ensure that not even a single child could be deprived of their education due to the absence of the said equipment.