Providing relief to educational institutions in Tamil Nadu, Madras High Court has refused to grant an interim stay on the online classes being held by schools and various educational institutions.
The schools in the state had begun with the online classes after the schools were shut down due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
The high court has however sought guidelines for conducting online classes by the central and state government. The High Court stated that continuing with the online classes without proper guidelines is of importance and has thus asked the central and state government to issue guidelines and has posted the issue to June 25, 2020, for filing any counters against the same.
The petition was filed in order to restrain the educational institutions from conducting online classes without following proper guidelines r schemes issued by the schools.
Tamil Nadu State Government Counsellor V Jayaprakash Narayan informed the High Court that the state has not permitted any educational institutions be it schools or colleges to conduct online classes.
He also stated that the educational institutions have also been barred from demanding fees from the students as per a government order issued regarding the same which is submitted in the court.
Senior Counsel S Prabhakaran has requested the court to pass an interim order restraining the educational institutions from conducting online classes for the students.
The Tamil Nadu High court has directed the Central Government and the state government to file a report on the availability of guidelines for conducting the online classes.