Loss of parents shouldn’t affect children’s education – SC to States / UTs

The Apex Court ordered the state and Union territories governments to ensure that education is not disrupted for children who have either been orphaned or lost a parent as a result of the ongoing pandemic.

The bank took this route in the Suo Moto case In re-infection of the COVID virus in child protection homesto address the issues children face during COVID-19.

Few suggestions had been made to the amicus curiae to ensure that children were no longer at risk of dropping out of school because of the loss of a financially healthy parent.

The bank noted that if the affected students were enrolled in a state school, they should be allowed to continue. When enrolling in a private school, the respective state government or the Union territory should take measures and continue the education of these children for at least six months, until then a regulation could be worked out.

The bank also directed states / UTs to continue uploading information from children whose parents have succumbed to COVID-19 on the national portal of the NCPCR (National Commission for the Protection of Children’s Rights).

The bank also directed the county’s child protection unit to contact the affected child and their guardian as soon as they received the information. The bank also upheld the DCPU’s duty to provide adequate food, ration, medication, clothing, etc. for the affected child.

The bank instructed the county child protection officer to provide his cell phone number, name, and the cell phone number of a local official who could be contacted by the guardian and the child. The bank asked officials to provide regular follow-up once a month.

The bank set certain other instructions, such as measures to identify NGOs / individuals who are indulging in illegal adoption, to ensure that the life of an orphan or child who has lost one of the parents is not caused by an unpredictable pandemic is impaired.

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