SC denies schools' permission for two-year pre-nursery course

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New Delhi, Dec 14 (UNI) The Supreme Court today declined permission to schools in Delhi to have a two-year pre-nursery course and refused to lower the admission age for nursery classes from four years to three years.

A bench comprising Chief Justice KG Balakrishnan and Justices RV Ravindran and JM Panchal, however, permitted the school authorities to have informal interactions with parents or guardians of the wards.

Earlier, the apex court pointed out to the petitioners ''unaided private schools do not mean commercial establishments.'' The Supreme Court asked the petitioners' counsel Harish Salve, that once information has been provided to the schools as sought by them in the admission form, what was the need of interviewing the parents.

Earlier, Mr Salve, appearing for the petitioners, also pleaded with the court to permit the schools to have their own time schedule for completing the admission process.

The Supreme Court directed the schools to prepare their time schedule and inform the Delhi Education Director in writing within a week.


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