HC disposes Plea challenging Government’s Decision to Reopen Schools

Calcutta High Court West Bengal Covid-19 Vaccination Reopen schools

Alka Verma-

Published On: November 12, 2021at 17:05 IST

Stating that the Petitioner is anyhow not affected by the decision, on Thursday, the Calcutta High Court disposed of a PIL challenging the decision to reopen physical classes for 9 to 12 standards taken by West Bengal Government.

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Prakash Shrivastava and Justice R Bharadwaj dismissed the Plea filed by a Lawyer, who described the Decision of reopening schools as unscientific.

The Lawyer in the Plea requested the High Court to form an expert committee for reviewing the COVID-19 situation in the State before commencing the offline classes.

The Lawyer in the Plea also mentioned that there is a high possibility of spreading the Virus among the students as all those who are below 18 years are yet not Vaccinated.

However, after observing that the Petitioner was not affected by the decision of reopening the classes, the High Court disposed of the Plea.

The High Court while issuing the Order also stated the parents or the students can move to concerned Officials if they find any difficulties over recommencement of on-campus classes.

Talking about the Decision of the High Court, the Education Minister of State Bratya Basu stated that the Decision is welcomed.

Also, adding to this he stated that the Government has given options to guardians and students to attend the online classes as well.  

“We have asked the schools to ensure that COVID-19 protocols are maintained and buildings Sanitized,” added Basu.

It should be noted that, on October 29, the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education issued a notice stating that the Classes of 9 to 12 will be reopening from November 16 amid adherence to certain COVID-19 protocols.

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