HC asks for changes in guidelines for nursery admissions

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New Delhi, Nov 14 (UNI) The Delhi High Court today asked the state government to fine tune its guidelines for admission to nursery schools.

'' We find the guidelines vague to some extent which need to be fine tuned,'' a Division Bench of Chief Justice M K Sharma and Justice Sanjeev Khanna observed, asking the Government to remove the ambiguities by Monday.

It also noted that the guidelines were silent about parents being interviewed by the school management.

'' From your guidelines, it appears that parents will be the candidates and the schools will interview them. Why dont you state that there will be no interview of parents, only an interaction," the court told Government counsel Sultan Singh.

The Government had last week intimated the court that it had issued guidelines and asked private schools to start the nursery admission process from November 30 after devising their own admission criteria- an indication of the government's rejection of the Ganguly Committee's point-based admission system used last year.

The court also dismissed the petition filed by private school managements asking for a review of the minimum age limit for admission to nursery schools, whether private or government.

The schools had cited the Delhi School Education Act to argue that a child should not be admitted to class one before the age of six.

However, the Court made it clear that the age limit for admission to nursery schools would be four years.

'' Distribution of registration forms for admission to pre-primary class shall take place from November 30 to December 15 and filled up forms shall be accepted in the schools till December 30 by 1600 hrs," the guidelines stated.

The schools have been asked to display the lists of selected children as well as those in the waiting list on February 1, the third list by February 28 and the fourth list by March 15.

The guidelines also state that school websites should display the number of seats available for general category students as well as those belonging to the economically weaker sections of society, besides the dates and mode of distribution and receipt of registration forms.

The schools also asked for more freedom to admit children.

According to the court's order, pre-primary education should be restricted to one year and a child should be four years of age at the time of admission to nursery and five years for Class one.


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