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HC to rule on online education today

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Govt counsel had stressed ‘health of children’

BENGALURU:

The Karnataka High Court is to announce its verdict on Tuesday on the issue of online education for school children in the state.

Earlier, the state government submitted before the HC that it has not banned online education but is more concerned about the health of children.

Chief Justice Abhay Oka had sought the government’s response vis-a-vis several PILs filed by parents, teachers and private schools questioning the ban on online education from classes 1 to 5.

Advocate General Prabhu Linga said, “The government is not opposed to online education. An interim arrangement has been made until the report of the panel of experts. Comprehensive guidelines will be issued based on the report.”

Children in schools

There are a total of 1.44 crore children in the state, of whom 44.57 lakh are studying in government schools, 13.16 lakh in private aided schools, 45.45 lakh in unaided schools and 1.50 lakh in other schools.

Of them, 58.61 lakh are urban and 45.88 lakh are rural children. Of these, 56.72 lakh study in Kannada, 42.88 lakh in English and 4.88 lakh in other media, as per the government.

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