Supreme Court has been moved by a group of parents from different states seeking directions to be given to the center and state governments to direct all private and unaided/aided schools to not charge fees for April-July or until physical classes are commenced.
The parents, the petitioners have also sought directions from the Supreme court to be given to the center and state governments to direct schools to charge only proportionate fee based on the actual expenditure on online classes the situation normalizes and till the commencement of normal classes.
They have also urged that the schools be directed by the supreme court to charge only tuition fees until schools begin to function normally.
Since there is a threat of students getting exposed to associated hazards with the online education, parents have requested a uniform and safer guidelines across the country in this regard.
The plea also said that the doctrine of ‘parens patriae’, is applicable to the common people of the State, including those who are indisputably the victims of this calamity.
Being the guardians of the residents, the central and state governments, must assume the role of parents and take all necessary steps in order to protect the rights and interests of its citizens.
A total fee waiver has also been sought for those kids whose parents have lost their jobs and all other sources of income or even if they are facing a reduction in salaries due to lockdown which is a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
They also added that it is not possible for all the parents to supervise or let say to pay absolute attention all the time to the kids who have to be given access to the electronic devices. Parents worry that getting access to electronic devices that too for such a great extent posses a threat for them getting cyber crimes like cyber-bullying, sexual exploitation, extortion, etc. They averred that the same also needs to be taken into account.
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