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 PIL seeks ban on online education for kids between the ages of 1.5 and 6 yrs, claiming it creates health issues


Children aged between 18 months and 6 years should be prohibited from online education as it can be hazardous to their health and can cause multiple issues. A public interest litigation seeking to forbid them from online education was filed in Gujarat High Court. It will be heard on July 17. The plea has also sought return of fees collected by schools.
“We have filed Public Interest Litigation in the interest of the minor child as they are being forced to be educated via online platforms that creates difficulties for them and their parents. The court has posted the hearing on July 17 along with other petitions related to the same issues,” said Rahul Jain, the counsel who appeared on behalf of the petitioner Utkarsh Choksi.

The high court while hearing issues that have cropped up during the lockdown on account of outbreak of Covid had suggested that the State government come out with modalities related to education via online platforms for school children in its June 19 order. The state government is likely to file a reply on July 17.



The petition submitted that kindergarten and playgroup owners are charging a whopping Rs 30,000 to Rs 1 lakh fees for the education of the tender-aged kids and unnecessarily conducting online education thereby creating difficulties for them. “Introducing toddlers between the ages of 18 months and 6 years to technology would make them prone to cyber bullying, poor vision, sight and attention issues, showing lack of interaction that leads to depression and mental issues at later stages of life. It should be banned across the state till physical classes begin. The Karnataka government has already banned online classes till Class 5.
Earlier in an order, an HC bench said, “We brought to the notice of the Advocate General something very serious and important. It has come to our notice that schools in the city have now started online teaching. We request the State Government to intervene and work out a few modalities with schools regarding online teaching.”

“The first thing we want the State government to do is to regulate the timings. We are saying so because for instance there are three children in a family and if the teaching is online, then all the three children studying in different standards may not be able to utilise the computer or laptop for such purpose,” the bench said.

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■ PIL seeks conduct of exams in uniform manner

Gujarat HC on Monday heard an issue of physical examinations of courses to be conducted by universities in state. Next hearing is on July 6. The plea will be heard with an identical PIL filed by ex-IPS officer and advocate Rahul Sharma. The fresh PIL was filed by Priyank Pandya and Harsh Patadiya through their lawyer Mohammed Vora. They have sought direction to the authorities to conduct exams and admissions in a uniform manner and formulate an SOP as per guidelines issued by MHA on May 30.


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