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Supreme Court provides instructions based on Education of Children.

The apex court supplies commands to the states and union territories over the education for children in Child Care Institutions and the children restored to the families.

By: Malavika S Menon, BBA LLB, Nehru Academy of Law.

Honorable bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao, Hemant Gupta, and Ajay Rasthogi commands the directions in the suo moto case “In Re Contagion of Covid19 Virus in Children Protection Homes” while approving the suggestions made by the amicus curiae Advocate Gourav Agarwal.

The directions are to provide necessary infrastructure, books, stationery, printers and other important equipments which are needed for the online classes on the basis of recommendations made by the District Child Care Protection Units (DCPUs) within 30 days of time. 

The DCPUs shall report the development made by the children in online classes and about the infrastructure provided for the Child Care Institutions (CCI) to the District Legal Services Authority in every month, and are also directed to appraise the children restored to the families they belong with the assistance of other statutory bodies. 

The DCPUs are also instructed to check whether the families of the children having any difficulties concerning finance for providing education if so, they should recommend for the financial aid by the state government so that the children attend schools, and the concerned authorities are directed to give rupees 2000 each month to the parents, only for the educational purpose. 

Also directed to arrange a guide teacher for the group of 25 children after verifying the number of children restored to the families in particular geographical areas during lockdown.

State governments are instructed to organize required number of teachers available for the children in Child Care Institutions, and can provide extra classes if necessary, for the final exams to be held in the upcoming year.

For any clarifications and recommendations, the state can approach the amicus curiae.The court also directed the National Council for the Protection of Children Rights to oversee the execution of the guidelines as per its sanction under Section 109 of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act 2015.

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