New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a plea seeking direction to the Center and states to take a time-bound decision regarding reopening of schools and conduct of offline teaching, news agency ANI reported. gave information. The Supreme Court has dismissed a petition filed by a Class 12 student from Delhi saying it cannot direct states to reopen schools for physical education. A bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud said it cannot direct states to reopen schools for physical education. The bench said, “We have just come out of the second wave (Covid). We don’t know where Spike is. Also Read – NEET-SS 2021: Doctors challenge ‘sudden last minute change’ in exam pattern to Supreme Court’s door
Justice Chandrachud insisted that children need to go back to school, but it is for the states to decide. The bench said that it neither has scientific data nor complete information on the Covid spike in the country and said that governments are wary of exposing children to possible infection. A bench of Justice BV Nagarathna also said that the court cannot take governance in its own hands and decide on these issues. “Let the governments decide”, the bench said. Also Read – ‘Third Wave Not In Offing Immediately’, Supreme Court Allows Kerala Government To Conduct Class XI Exam Offline
‘Malls and restaurants have been opened…’
The advocate representing the petitioner argued that malls and restaurants have been opened, and stressed on the mental and psychological repercussions of closing the schools on the students. The bench said that children should not be involved in these matters and emphasized that these issues are fraught with serious complications. “We don’t think we should enter here by judicial order”, the bench asked the advocate to withdraw the plea. Also read- Deaths related to COVID or not? Center issued guidelines after Supreme Court’s ‘third wave’ rebuke. key takeaways
‘Effects of depriving children of school’
Petitioner Amar Prem Prakash said that he is echoing the sentiments and sentiments of a large body of the student community and fraternity of the country, especially the underprivileged and voiceless children. The petitioner said that he is aggrieved by the indecision and hesitation on the part of the Center and the States/Union Territories (UTs) in the matter of reopening of schools and resumption of physical classes with adequate safeguards.
The petition, filed through advocate Ravi Prakash Mehrotra, said, “Raising this very important issue regarding deprivation and ill-effects, both psychological and physical, of keeping school children physically away from attending their schools. “.
(based on agency input)