Ban on Online Classes Violative of Right to Education under Art. 21A: Karnataka HC

A division bench of Karnataka High Court, comprising of Chief Justice Abhay Srinivas Oka and Justice Nataraj Rangaswamy, passed an interim direction staying the Karnataka Government’s order on banning online classes being conducted by schools.

The state government on June 15 had passed an order restricting schools from imparting online education until the expert committee submitted its recommendations. The government later modified the order on June 27 allowing limited hours of online classes from lower KG to standard V.

Senior Advocate Uday Holla and Advocate Pradeep Nayak, appearing for the petitioners, had submitted that the government decision was violative of right to education of the students.

The court said that the executive orders passed by the Government under Article 162 of the Constitution cannot curtail the fundamental rights under Article 21A and the order was violative of the Fundamental Right to Life and Education conferred by Article 21 and 21A of the Constitution of India.

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