School Fee Exemption For Lockdown Period: Allahabad High Court Seeks UP Govt’s stand

Allahabad: The Allahabad High Court has sought the Uttar Pradesh government’s stand on a plea for the private school students’ fee exemption for the COVID-19 lockdown period. The HC also asked the state’s view on promoting pupils up to class VIII to next classes without examinations.

According to a PTI report, the bench of Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Siddhartha Varma sought the government’s stand last week on a PIL filed by Masoom Bachpan Foundation.

The petitioner also raised the health hazard issues of children during online classes in the lawsuit. It said prolonged exposure to electromagnetic waves purportedly emitted by laptop, computers and mobile phones can cause health hazards.

The petitioner alleged that the electronic devices are having a huge impact on anxiety and stress level, logical thinking, memory, mood and mental stability of tiny tots, the agency report said.

The lawsuit claimed that several educationists have suggested “no examination system”. The petitioner prayed the court to pass an order to the educational authorities to promote the primary school students to their next classes in the academic session 2020-21 without tests.

The matter has been posted for further hearing on December 4.

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