Duration limit for online classes: HC stays CRC’s order

KOCHI: The Kerala High Court on Thursday issued a stay on child rights commission’s order to limit duration of online classes for school students to two hours and not to conduct online exams similar to term exams.

A single bench of the court issued a stay on the order issued by Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights after considering a petition filed by St Mary’s Residential Public School at Thiruvalla.

The order was issued by the commission on a complaint filed by parents stating that online classes extend from 9am to 5.30pm. This puts the children under intense mental pressure and is also affecting their eyesight, the parents had contended.

A total of six directives were issued by the commission, including limiting a single session to 30 minutes and giving a break of 15 to 30 minutes after each session. CBSE had informed the court that the commission’s order is against central government’s guidelines regarding online classes and exams. Along with issuing a stay, the court has sought the views of the central and state governments. The court will hear the case on September 29th.

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