Amar Prem Prakash a class XII student of Delhi filed a petition in Supreme Court to direct the Center, state, and UTs to re-open the physical classes and offline teachings.
Supreme Court rejects the plea and added "Complexities of the matter is such that we will have to leave it to the governments. SC can't take over governance. Let the government take these decisions." Two judges bench of DY Chandrachud and BV Nagarathnam told Advocate R P Mehrotra, who appeared from the petitioner side that the petition did not have any data for the court to rely on, we did not have scientific data.
The plea said underprivileged students are in a disadvantaged position
Covid -19 interchanged physical learning into digital learning which is affecting their physical development, their skill set, and their mental health. the petition raised the issues of suicides cases in students, psychological disorders as depression. Students argued that the sentiments and opinions of this larger community were left behind. The overall growth of children needs a physical environment that isn't getting much attention during this unlocking process in our country.
Re-opening of public places, restaurants, malls, tourist places even some of higher education colleges show the interest of students must be in priorities which is not. Plea urged for a hybrid model of schooling.
it further added many states are now taking physical classes with this hybrid model as if someone doesn't want to come in physical classes so can continue with online classes.
The Supreme court declined to entertain this plea
Supreme Court asked the petitioner's advocate to withdraw the plea and suggest him to focus on studies as different states and cities have different rules as well as the different situation of the pandemic, SC can't take them all under the one decision. They understand the value of schools reopening despite this due to the unpredictable behaviour of Covid-19 government prefers unlocking in a phased manner.
VK Paul - the health member of NITI Aayog said that vaccination of children isn't enough we need to vaccinate staff as well as till now vaccination of under 18 isn't start so keeping in view all the damage of other countries which faces a sudden surge in Covid -19 cases after the re-opening of schools government should decide these things with the logical data.
SC added that they have to be very careful regarding these decisions as neither Delhi nor the Country would like to see the old situation again
Offline classes are the must need a thing for the overall development of a student but we can't deny the fact that Covid-19 can be high at any time. Students and parents both need to think deeply about this situation and should get vaccinated as soon as possible. Education and Health both are the primary things which we can't compromise at any point. Government should take all the necessary steps to protect both rights of a citizen.
Can't take over governance let government take these decision