Delhi govt quotes RTE,says 3+ age for pre-school okay

DoE submits affidavit in HC in response to a petition claiming that govt was violating norms.

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Published:January 6, 2012 12:36 am

As the nursery admissions rush gains momentum in the city,Delhi Directorate of Education (DoE) has defended its position on allowing 3+ as the age for entry in unaided schools.

According to its affidavit in the Delhi High Court,the Right To Education (RTE) Act enables the DoE to allow children above the age of 3 years to be prepared for the elementary education.

In response to a PIL that has that challenged the Delhi government’s December 16 order,allowing unaided private schools to go ahead with the admission of 3+ children in pre-school classes,the affidavit has stated that provisions of the RTE Act “shows there is a need of pre-school education for children below 6 years of age” and that the 2009-legislation “nowhere bars schools from running pre-school classes”.

Seeking to defend the notification,the affidavit contended that it was in sync with all the constitutional and statutory provisions,particularly in view of the RTE Act,which asks the government to prepare children above the age of three years for elementary education and to provide early childhood care and education for all children until they complete the age of six years.

The petition by Ashok Agarwal,who appeared for NGO Social Jurist,had claimed that the current admission process that permitted nursery admission of children below four years of age in the city schools was in breach of the Ganguly Committee recommendations,the affidavit argued that the decisions by the High Court on its implementation had been challenged in the apex court and matter was pending there.

“In pursuance to the decision taken by the Cabinet on the recommendation of the Ganguly Committee,the department had issued the Recognised Schools (Admission Procedure for Pre-primary Classes) Order 2007,wherein it is clearly mentioned that schools which are already providing pre-school education may continue to do so till the framing of guidelines,” the DoE contended.

The court has to take up the matter for hearing on Friday now.

On the last date of hearing,the court had refused to stay the nursery admission process for 2012-13,saying an order of this nature was not required at this juncture.

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