Online classes by schools can start again in Karnataka; HC stays state govt. ban order

  • | Friday | 10th July, 2020

Court was hearing a clutch of petitions filed against the state government’s orders passed on June 15 and June 27 imposing a ban on conduct of online classes from LKG to Class X.

The Karnataka High Court stayed the State Government’s order banning online classes for pre-primary level to Class 10, citing Article 21 and 21A of the constitution of India court held that banning classes encroaches Fundamental Right to Life and Education. 

“The executive orders passed by the State Government cannot curtail the fundamental rights under Articles 21 and 21A of the constitution,” a division bench noted in its interim order.

The court was hearing a clutch of petitions filed against the state government’s orders passed on June 15 and June 27 imposing a ban on the conduct of online classes from LKG to Class X.

The Division Bench also noted that denying online classes on the ground that certain sections of the society do not have the facility was not a reason to impose restrictions.

The court, however, made that schools have no right to make online education mandatory or collect extra fees in the name of online classes. Also, Court made it clear that the onus is on the State Government to create infrastructure to provide education to the deprived section of society.



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