Bombay HC extends interim order of no coercive steps against schools and students over online classes upto second grade

Bombay HC extends interim order of no coercive steps against schools and students over online classes upto second grade


MUMBAI: The state’s latest circular now permits schools to run 30 minute online classes on week days for pre-primary and up to second grade, but with a parent teachers association of united forum keen to challenge it, Bombay high court on Monday continued its interim July 13 order against coercive steps by government or schools.

A bench of Justices Nitin Jamdar and Riyaz Chagla gave the association and couple of parents who had challenged an earlier Jun 15 circular that had barred online classes up to second grade, to withdraw its petition and file afresh to challenge the new circular of July 22. Such restriction was arbitrary and unconstitutional, petitioner’s counsel Mihir Desai had said.

The bench continued by three weeks its interim order directing state government not to take any coercive steps against schools conducting online classes for students up to standard II to those willing to avail such teaching beyond 30 minutes and also restraining any such action by schools against parents unwilling to avail of such classes for their tiny tots.

The June 24 lockdown circular for online education said for kindergarten students online classes would last for 30 minutes daily for dialogue with parents. For first and second standard students the half hour would include 15 minutes of ‘activity based learning.’

Since the policy under challenge “has now been substantially modified the petitions if they want to assail’’ it will have to file a separate Writ Petition, said the bench continuing its earlier July 13 order for three weeks to enable the association to study the policy and decide if it needs to be challenged or otherwise.





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