Mumbai: The Telangana government on Friday said it would come out with a clear policy by July 13th on the commencement of the academic year and also the conduct of online classes for students of government and private schools.
A bench of Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan and Justice B Vijaysen Reddy heard public interest litigation, PIL that was filed by Hyderabad School Parents Association.
The plea challenged the online classes held by private schools and fee collection by them using the name of such classes. Telangana private schools have collected term fee from the parents as informed by the petitioner.
The government made the submission after the bench asked it to come out with a clear stand on whether it has framed any policy on imparting education online.
The court also asked the petitioner to “implead and make the Union government and CBSE and other parties so that their stand can also be known.”
The court asked, “if the state government was yet to take a decision on online classes with no academic year being announced, then why virtual classes were being allowed?”
The state government, in turn, informed the court that the Central Government had issued guidelines not to begin the academic year till July 31. In the same directive, it had also said that online and distant learning was permitted and can be used.
However, the Telangana government said it has not taken any policy decision in favour or against the online classes for both private and government-run educational institutions.
The court took serious objection to it and said some parents have the wherewithal, not all of them can afford electronic gadgets required for online classes for their children.
In that context, the court observed, 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 asked.
The Special Government Pleader informed the court that a Cabinet Sub-Committee is already going into the issue of reopening of schools, commencement of the academic year, and if there is delay, what is the stand on conducting online classes in both government and private schools.
The court posted the matter to July 13 for further hearing.