A PIL has been filed before the Jharkhand High Court seeking regulation of online classes, including ban on online streaming of classes for students in pre-primary standard till 5th grade, to safeguard their mental health.
The plea filed by one Swetha Pal, who holds a PGDM in Child Psychology, has contended that long duration of online classes may have ill-effects on the mental health of children, especially those below the age of six years, as also advised by the National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS).
"Long duration of online classes are not good for the children as it restrict their movement, running, fighting, playing which affect their development of intellectual and physical development through play and structured activities," the plea states.
Inter alia, the plea filed through Advocate Shadab Ansari, highlights various issues surrounding online classes including lack of access to internet and digital infrastructure, unreliable electricity services, arbitrary charging of tution fee by schools, inability of students with disability to access online classes, etc.
In this backdrop, the plea seeks that the State Government be directed to:
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