Praygraj (ILNS): A PIL has been filed by the Masoom Bachpan Foundation in the Allahabad High Court against the ‘health hazards’ faced by children, caused through online classes and prolonged exposure to electromagnetic waves emitted by laptop/ computer/ mobile screens.
A Division Bench of the Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Siddhartha Varma has sought the response from the government on plea which asserts that the students up to 8th standard may be promoted to higher class without holding any examination as for such classes even several educationists have suggested for ‘no examination system’.
The Court will hear the matter on December 4.
The petitioner is a trust for education, development, security and welfare of children. It has urged the court to ensure that no unaided private schools be allowed to charge any fee for the period “lockdown” was in operation.
A prayer has been made, “to promote the students of primary classes to next class for the educational session of 2020-21 without undertaking examinations. A direction is also sought to regulate accounts of the unaided institutions including fee of the students and salary of the teachers.”
The counsel, while mentioning about certain instances, also submitted that, “during the period of lockdown, no educational institution was opened and, therefore, no fee from the students for that period can be charged.”
The primary aim towards this petition is to ensure physical and mental health of young children and taking in account the severe effects of electromagnetic waves released by the devices on a constant basis that causes huge impact on anxiety or stress level, logical thinking, memory, mood and mental stability of the tiny tots.