The High Court of Kerala has refused to grant interim stay on the online classes being conducted by Schools in Kerala amid COVID 19 lockdown.
A bench presided by Justice CS Dias was hearing a petition filed by a parent of a child named CC Girija seeking direction to the State Government and Technology for Education (KITE) to stop online classes until all students are provided with facilities of online classes.
The petitioner has contended that children living in remote areas who belong to Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Community and economically backward communities do not have access to the facilities of virtual and hence were facing discrimination in terms of access to the facility.
The petitioner therefore urged the Court not to continue online Classes until all students are provided with facilities.
The Counsel appearing for Kerala Government however submitted that the State was ensuring that every student gets access to the facilities of virtual classes which will commence from June 14, 2020.
The Counsel further submitted that the purpose of conducting online classes was to ensure that the students do not miss out on classes since regular classes were not being conducted due to COVID 19 Pandemic.
The Court after hearing the submissions from both sides said that there was no urgency to grant interim stay on the online classes at this stage.
-India Legal Bureau