The Supreme Court on Friday observed that the needs of underprivileged students to receive online education must be protected to ensure that the right to education under Article 21A of the Constitution becomes a reality.
"If Article 21A is to become a reality, the needs of children from the underprivileged section to receive online education cannot be denied", the Court observed in an order.
The order was passed while issuing notice in a petition filed by 'Action Committee Unaided Recognized Private Schools' against a judgment of the Delhi High Court which directed the school managements to provide fee gadgets and internet facilities to students of Economically Weaker Sections(EWS) and Disadvantaged Groups(DG) to access online education. The High Court had directed the Delhi Government to reimburse the costs to private schools.
While tagging the petition with an earlier petition filed by the Delhi Government against the same judgment, the Supreme Court directed that it will be necessary for the Delhi government to come out with the plan and place the same before the court for the achievement of the salutary object and purpose of the RTE Act.