Gujarat’s high court on Wednesday questioned the state government’s insistence on 100 percent physical attendance in schools for students, despite the lingering risk of the COVID-19 pandemic. A department bench led by Chief Justice Arvind Kumar and Judge Ashutosh Kumar said the government would rather leave it to the discretion of parents regarding school attendance.
The bank heard Public Interest Litigation challenging the Gujarat government’s Feb. 18 circular making it mandatory for all students to personally attend classes in schools. The government had also ordered all schools to stop online classes and make offline attendance mandatory. The PIL argued that not all children under 15 have been vaccinated against COVID-19, and insisting on 100 percent attendance puts them at risk. “Why do you want to insist on 100 percent attendance? Leave it to the discretion of the parents,” the court said. Chief Justice Kumar cited a news report earlier this month about the detection of the recombinant Omicron+Delta virus in six states, including one in Gujarat.
“Why do you want to take the risk? Leave it to the parents’ discretion,” the chief judge said. When the government attorney said the state can’t insist if students don’t want to go to school, the Supreme Court sought certainty about not taking action, such as not allowing a student to appear for an exam or being absent. is at school.
The HC has instructed the government’s lawyer to take instructions on the case before the next hearing. Gujarat reported 16 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the total to 12,23,806, the state’s health department said. The state currently has 299 active cases.
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