Private Schools Association of J&K moved Supreme Court seeking 4G internet access

The Private Schools Association of Jammu and Kashmir filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court seeking restoration of 4G mobile Internet services.

The petition stated that schools saw prolonged closures after August 5, 2019 and then on account of COVID-19 pandemic.

It also stated that the children of Jammu and Kashmir have already lost two academic years because it is impossible to conduct online classes using video-conferencing tools with 2G mobile Internet speed.

According to the association, which represents over 3,800 schools, the denial of access to education has taken a toll on the mental health of children.

It also stated that the severe impact of school closures and the inability to shift to remote learning was recognised by the State Board of School Education, which reduced the syllabus by 40% for annual examinations last year for Class 10, 11 and 12.

However, no such concessions are available for students appearing for national level competitive exams.

The petition further stated that due to the Internet restrictions, many students have been forced to leave their families and live outside Jammu and Kashmir to prepare for competitive exams.

The petition sought enforcement of Fundamental Rights of Education and hoped that the court will restore 4G mobile Internet access to protect the future of the students.

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