The Delhi High Court on Friday directed private and government schools in the Capital to provide internet packs and gadgets to students belonging to economically weaker sections for online classes, Bar and Bench reported. The court noted that unequal access to internet services creates a “digital apartheid” in the classroom.
The order was passed by a bench comprising Justices Manmohan and Sanjeev Narula, on a petition filed by non-governmental organisation Justice for All. The petitioner told the court that students from poor backgrounds were unable to attend online classes due to the lack of technology.
The petitioner added that not providing adequate facilities to disadvantaged students was a violation of the provisions of the Right to Education Act and Articles 21 [right to life] and 21A [right to free and compulsory education] of the Constitution of India.