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The High Court of Kerala on Wednesday, 03 June, passed an interim order retraining a school from levying additional fees on students for holding virtual classes.

The Bench also made reference to the suicide of 14-year old Devika, which was allegedly due to her inability to join online classes as she did not have a smart phone and a working television sit in house.

The Court noted that right to education is sacrosanct in the Constitution of India and is mandate under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009. While making the reference, the Court also noted that several stat

es have ordered that students should not be denied education for want of payment of fees during this pandemic period.

The Court passed the order in a writ petition filed by two students challenging the decision of their school to demand payment of fees even without providing quality virtual class room teaching or online classes. The petitioners also raised the grievance that the State Government has not issued proper guidelines for online classes.

On May 12, the Uttarakhand High Court had passed an order to stop private schools, which were not conducting online classes, from demanding tuition fee during the lockdown period. Challenging this direction, the schools had approached the SC, and the Apex Court issued notices on the SLPs last week.

By: Shambhawi Upadhyay

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