Make sure online education is not affected due to lack of digital devices, HC told Kerala government – The New Indian Express

Through Express news service

KOCHI: The Kerala High Court on Tuesday ordered the state government to ensure that online education for students is not affected due to the lack of digital devices. The government should look into the complaints of the students and explore the prospects of developing a website with the help of the Kerala State IT Mission where students can enroll so that individuals, businesses and NGOs can voluntarily help purchase phones and gadgets for them.

Judge Raja Vijayaraghavan issued the order on petitions filed by six elementary school students, who said they did not have digital facilities at home to enable them to continue their education, which is now conducted online. The petitioners claimed that several thousand students like them, who belong to economically weak sections and disadvantaged groups, do not have access to smartphones, laptops or for that matter an internet connection to enable them to participate effectively in online courses.

The petitioners underlined the fact that they have the right to free and compulsory education, which is enshrined in the Constitution (Article 21A). The court ordered the government litigant to inform it of the measures taken by the government to ensure that the petitioners are not sidelined by the digital divide and that they are also able to continue their education as other children who have easy access to such gadgets.

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