The Telangana Government, would release a detailed policy regarding the online classes in the State by the 13th of July.
As per the Telangana High Court (HC) orders, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) submitted a report to the HC regarding its stand on online classes.
The State Government informed the HC, it would release a set of guidelines for the classes conducted by government and private schools in Telangana.
A bench of Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan and Justice B. Vijaysen Reddy heard a public interest litigation (PIL,) that was filed by the Hyderabad School Parents Association. The plea challenged the online classes held by private schools and fee collection by them using the name of such classes. Telangana private schools have collected term fees from the parents as informed by the petitioner.
Online classes have become a major issue for many parents in Telangana, especially underprivileged children with limited access to technology and gadgets.
On the other hand, parents of children studying in private schools, raised the issue of fees hike and collection of fees in the name of online classes.
They also pointed out the exposure of their young children to laptops, computers and mobile phones.
In regard to this, the Court asked the Telangana Government, why despite an official ban on online classes by the Central Government, these schools are conducting classes.
The Court said, “If the State Government was yet to take a decision on online classes with no academic year being announced, then why virtual classes were being allowed?”
The Central Government suspended online classes for the academic year till the 31st of July.
However, many private schools in India are still conducting classes and demanding term tuition fees from parents.
The Public Interest Litigation regarding the online classes and hike in term tuition was filed by the Hyderabad School Parents’ Association.
The matter was heard by a bench of HC Judges headed by Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan.
The next hearing regarding the matter is scheduled on the 13th of July.
Stay tuned for further updates.