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Unaided Private Schools to File Petition in HC, Seeking Stay on Nursery Admission Rules

Jan 3, 2014 15:33 IST

    All the representations and meetings seeking amendment in the nursery admission guidelines framed and issued on the order of the lieutenant governor of Delhi, Najeeb Jung, on 18 December 2013 have failed to settle the matter. Now, a private, unaided school body is setting off to take the matter back to the court.

    On 3 December the plea in high court will be filed and HC will be asked to stay the disputed order of the lieutenant governor of December 18, 2013 informed the S. K. Bhattacharya, President of Action Committee for Unaided Recognized Private Schools. This committee is an umbrella body to which most school associations belong to.

    The nursery admission guidelines were positively accepted by the majority of parents. However, most of the schools perceived the guidelines of ordering elimination of management quota and fixing of both parameters and points distribution, not in their favor.

    He further stated that the issue has become very serious as unaided private schools are concerned about the autonomy of private schools.

    Private school associations also hoping to talk to Education Minister, Manish Sisodia on the matter, even though his past statements have not been found very encouraging. The guidelines brought by Jung made changes only in the definition of 'neighborhood' – by altering 6kilometer radius to making it currently 8km.

    The Christian school group is also on the voyage to take the matter to court as Sister Nirmalini, Principal, Carmel Convent School told that she will go to court for the reason that though minority schools are exempted from reserving 25% seats for the economically weaker sections(EWS) under Right to Education Act 2009, yet the schools have to do so.

    The order issued on December 18 by Jung told that those minority schools who have received land allotted by government have obligation to reserve up to 20% seats at entry level for the EWS and also need to provide free-ship to them till they complete their schooling.

    The Delhi Catholic Schools Association protested upon these orders followed by the Directorate of Education issuing a notification on December 30 on behalf of the LG which repeated the same guidelines.

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