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Supreme Court refuses to direct states to resume offline teaching in schools

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  • The matter is to be left to state governments, says Supreme Court

 

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday said it could not direct states to reopen schools and resume offline teaching on campus. It was responding to a PIL filed by Delhi-based students seeking directions to states to reopen schools phase-wise and in time-bound manner for physical teaching.

While refusing to entertain the plea, the Supreme Court observed that this was not a matter where judicial directions could be issued. Such matters need to be left to state governments, observed a bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud. He added that the court would not know which district had high incidence of Covid-19, and the states would decide when to reopen schools.

“We do not have scientific data nor knowledge of COVID-19 incidence in the country. The governments are wary of exposing children to possible infection. We cannot be running the administration of governance and decide these issues,” Justice Chandrachud observed.

The court then asked the petitioners’ advocate to withdraw the case.

While cases of Covid-19 have reduced in most of the states, the governments are wary of lifting all curbs in view of a warning of the possible third wave of Covid-19 in the country.

 

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