Will Devise Transparent Policy on Online Classes for Schools by 13 July, Says Telangana Government
On 3 July, the government of Telangana said that it would devise a transparent policy regarding the beginning of the academic year and the holding of online classes for students of government as well as private schools. It said that it would do so by 13 July.
A division bench of Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan and Justice B Vijaysen Reddy heard a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by the Hyderabad School Parents Association that challenged the holding of online classes and also the collection of fees by private schools.
The government made the submission after the High Court bench asked it to deliver a transparent stand on whether it has framed any policy on providing online education.
Earlier, the IT Minister of the state had suggested that T-SAT network channels should be made available to every student in the state for access to quality educational content.
Earlier, the High Court had directed the state government of Telangana to issue a policy for online classes being conducted by private schools.
The PIL had sought to have the practice of online classes declared illegal and have them banned.
The court asked if the state government was yet to take a decision on online classes with no academic year being announced, then why were virtual classes being allowed.
In response, the state government said that though the Centre had issued guidelines not to start the academic year until 31 July, it had permitted online and distance education. The private schools association was of the same opinion. The court said that not all parents have the means to afford the electronic gadgets required for online classes for their children.
The bench said, “You cannot frame guidelines sitting in AC rooms in Delhi. You have to come to remote places like Adilabad and see the plight of the people as there are so many deprived children… How can you encourage online education in those circumstances,” the court demanded.
The matter has been adjourned until 13 July.