Kerala High Court Refuses to Hold Online Classes

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Kerala High Court Refuses to Hold Online Classes
Kerala High Court Refuses to Hold Online Classes

Kerala High Court Refuses to Hold Online Classes. Kerala High Court refuses to Hold Online Classes in the State Conducted by KITE Amid Corona Virus Pandemic. Kerala High Court has decided to intervene in the online classes that are being provided by KITE and Kerala Government to ensure continuity of academic learning for students.

Following the outbreak of COVID-19 in late march and the following lockdown that was announced by the government; schools, colleges and higher education institutions across the state have been closed as a precautionary measure. Kerala Government has decided to hold online classes for schools and college students to ensure minimal academic loss to the students. However, taking objection to the launch online classes, a parent had approached Kerala High Court, demanding its intervention in the matter.

Kerala High Court Refuses to Hold Online Classes

Name of the Board

Kerala High Court
Online Class Conducted by

Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education

Online Class date

regular online classes for school students will commence from 14th June 2020
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Kerala High Court Refuses to Hold Online Classes

Kerala High Court Refuses to Hold Online Classes:

The Kerala High Court rejected a plea filed by a parent demanding a stay on the online classes that are being held for the students. A single-judge bench of Justice CS Dias after recording the submission observed that it does not find any exigency to grant an interim order at this stage. In the petition filed by the parent, it was argued that all students across the state have not been able to use the facility of online classes due to income inequalities and inequality in access to technology.

In response to this, the petition demanded High Court to direct the state government and Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE) to stop online classes till all students in the state are provided with the technological facilities to attend such classes. Petitioner CC Girija said that children from economically backward communities and SC/ ST communities were suffering due to online classes. The inequality in technology infrastructure was hampering the right to education of such students.

Kerala Government to provide Technology Access for All Students:

In response to the petitioner’s argument, the state government said that in-person classes cannot be held right now due to risk of Corona virus infection among the students. Kerala Government contested that currently online classes are not being held as regular mode of education. The regular online classes for school students will commence from 14th June 2020. The state government plans to ensure that all students are provided basic technological tools to access virtual classes and attend the classes during the period of pandemic.

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