No interview necessary for nursery admission: HC

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New Delhi, Nov 3: The Delhi High Court today directed to the private public schools in the Capital that the admissions for nursery classes this year would be held according to the recommendations of the Ashok Ganguly Committee.

A division bench of acting Chief Justice Vijender Jain and Justice Kailash Gambhir asked the schools to give their suggestions to the committee, if any, within a week.

Adjourning the matter till November 21, the Court said no interview of children and ineractive sessions of their parents would be held during admission to the nursery classes.

The Committee in its report had said it would put forth various parameters on a scale of 1 to 100 for the schools while admitting students in nursery classes.

Distance from the school, sibling in the school, parents' alumni would be given weightage while selecting a child, said the report.

The students residing in the 3-km radius of the school would be getting 20 points, no weightage for staying beyond 10 kms, said the report.

The child of a single parent, an alumni of the same school, would get 20 points and either parents would get 5 points each. Girl and disabled child would be preferred with five points each while considering for admission.

The parental education level would fetch maximum 20 points, while the school would not ask for any financial contributions.

The High Court had asked the public schools in the capital to formulate a transparent policy on admitting students in nursery class without subjecting them to rigours of interviews.

In an affidavit filed in the High Court through counsel Ashok Agrawal, group secretary Radhika Menon said the schools should not ask ''non-essential'' questions about parents' jobs, salaries, car brands and ''what can you do for schools?'' in the registration forms. Such a step would reduce the bias in the principal's or the selector's mind.

Mr Agrawal said by subjecting the children to interviews, public schools were also violating recommendations of the Kothari Commission (1964-66) and the Yashpal Committee (1993) and urged the court to direct the schools to give admission in pre-primary classes by draw of lots only.


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