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Plea of parents from states seeks SOP for online education, non-eviction of students for not paying fees

A city-based parent along with parents from other states has filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the fees being charged by private schools for three months of lockdown and seeking the court’s directions for standard operating system (SOP) for online education.
The parents have sought not to allow schools to reopen until an effective remedy of the coronavirus is out, to put on hold online classes until a uniform SOP is determined by the court and to stop any attempt by schools to evict students on any ground, including non-payment of fees, until the outcome of the plea.

Gaurav Barot, president of Akhil Gujarat Wali Mahasangh, is among the petitioners from Rajasthan, Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Odisha, Maharashtra and Uttarakhand, who have filed the plea in the apex court.

The plea states that, “The online system of imparting education has deprived the EWS category students as they lack the basic resources required to access such online classes including mobile, tablet and internet connection.
Moreover, the exposure to screen for long hours may be harmful to the eyesight of students as well as expose them to threats of cyber bullying, sexual exploitation and extortion. Gujarat High Court is already seized of identical issues and has asked the State government to decide on modalities for online education. The court has also instructed the government to ensure that admission of students is not cancelled if they fail to pay fees.

Meanwhile, Barot told Mirror, “The problem prevails all over the country and many parents have filed petitions in the respective high courts, but have not got favourable orders. So, we have filed a plea against arbitrary action of schools that have started online classes without instructions from the government. It is detrimental to the health of the children.”

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