The unaided private schools in Delhi found the new guidelines for nursery admissions against them, and decided not to comply with it. A number of school associations in Delhi held meetings regarding the issue on Thursday and come up with a decision to first write to Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, Najeeb Jung for making changes and, if required, they would also take the matter to the court.
Under the new guidelines, all the discretionary powers including 20% management quota have been snatched from schools.They are asked, in the new norms, to follow a common criterion for nursery admissions, which is highly favorable for applicants living within 6 km of area from the school.
The president of the Action Committee for Unaided Recognized Private Schools, S K Bhattacharya, said, "If we don't get any relief, there will be no course left to us but to approach the high court for a stay order".
Another such association, National Public Schools Conference, also met and come up with a conclusion that the matter is required to seek a legal remedy.
Private schools associations argue that a number of drastic changes in the nursery admission process have been made without any discussion from them. Schools are the main stakeholders but they have not been consulted prior, asserted schools associations. According to the, the order is one-sided and bad in law.
Bhattacharya argued that the new guidelines ignored a 2002 Supreme Court judgment that says the private institutions not receiving any financial support from the government must be given a certain amount of freedom in the matter of admission and fee structure.
In fact, many parents are finding the new rules for nursery admission not fitting for them, mainly because of the 'neighbourhood' criterion. To them, both the allotment of 70 points and the definition of neighbourhood area (within 6 km of the school) are problematic.
Another guideline that makes parents unhappy is about 20 and 5 points allocated to the 'sibling'and'alumni'categories, respectively.
Besides these, the 5% quota for girls is also troublesome for some of the parents who have a single boy child.
However, most of the parents are pleased with the abolishment of the 20% management quota and feel it has increased the number of seats on merit base.