Private schools to provide Internet facility and free equipment to EWS Students

The Delhi High Court has directed that if private schools decide to have online classes through video conference, then the Students from economically weaker sections are entitled to free equipment and internet facility.

The directions were issued for private schools and Kendriya Vidyalayas in a PIL filed by Justice for All.

“The digital divide in our country is a known fact and is indeed interconnected with economic disparity,” observed the court.

The court also stated that inequality in access to technology widens such divide and currently, conducting classes exclusively through video conferencing mode inevitably leads to the creation of a huge gap in the education provided to the haves, versus the have-nots.

Meanwhile, NCERT has conducted a survey to check the situation of online classes among the COVID-19 Pandemic. Various initiatives have been taken by the states and Union Territories to ensure education to all.

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