Karnataka High Court stays government decision to ban online classes [8.7.2020]

8.7.2020, Wednesday, 2020

The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday expressed the prima facie view that the government orders banning online classes encroached upon the Fundamental Right to Life and Education conferred by Article 21 and 21A of the Constitution of India. "

Prima facie we are of the view that both orders of June 15 and June 27, encroached upon the Fundamental Right conferred by Article 21 and 21A of the Constitution of India", observed a division bench comprising Chief Justice Abhay Srinivas Oka and Justice Nataraj Rangaswamy.

Sources said that the bench passed an interim direction staying the government orders issued on June 15 and June 27 to the extent they imposed a ban/embargo on conducting online classes by the schools from LKG to Class X. The court clarified that the order should not be construed to mean that school authorities have the right to make online education compulsory or charge extra fees for conducting online classes.

S Suresh Kumar, State Primary and Secondary Education Minister, said, "In the background of receiving many complaints from parents, the Government of Karnataka has issued orders on 15/6/2020 and 27/6/2020, regarding online education. Few schools were harassing the students and parents by collecting more fees and issuing impractical guidelines." "In the better interest of our children’s health, the government has constituted an expert committee on online education. The committee submitted its report yesterday (7/7/2020). But on Wednesday, the High Court of Karnataka has issued an interim stay order regarding the Government orders of 15/6/2020 and 27/6/2020. The government will decide its future course of action after getting the order copy from the Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka," he added.

09 Jul 2020