The High Court of Calcutta has disposed of a public interest litigation’s petition, filed by an advocate, by directing the state government and, in particular the Commissioner of School Education, to investigate school attendance issues with regard to students who dropped out during the pandemic in the light of online remote classes and other inconveniences.

The petitioner asked the court to issue appropriate directions to the government. However, the court noted that the petitioner could very well forward his requests and observations directly to the Commissioner of School Education. Nonetheless, it instructed the Commissioner to investigate the situation and to call for reports so that necessary measures may be enacted to sensitize parents about the importance of school education and to provide basic services (including meals) to students.

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