In the case of Sayan Banerjee v. State of West Bengal (WPA (P)/21/2022) the division bench consisting of Acting Chief Justice T. S. Sivagnanam and Justice Hiranmay Bhattacharyya of the Calcutta High Court recently directed the State to take necessary steps to sensitize the parents of those children, who have dropped out of schools during the COVID-19 pandemic, regarding the need of education and to take further steps to bring them back to the schools.
Facts of the Case:
It was the case of the writ petitioner that during the Covid Pandemic on account of the classes being disrupted and lack of facility for online classes etc., there werea large number of students who dropped out from government schools. Therefore, the petitioner seeks for appropriate direction to the respondents to remit the student.
The court suggested that a wide publication can be given in the media including television channels impressing upon the need for good education for the children regardless of whatever strata the parents come from. “We hope and trust that the observations made by us in this order will be taken in the right spirit and the government will take pro-active steps to the grievance expressed,” it said while disposing of the PIL.
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