Owing to the court battle surrounding nursery admission in Delhi, schools are finding themselves in a tight spot with the whole process getting delayed by months.
On the sidelines of a conference of an association of schools, school principals said the Lieutenant-Governor should have consulted them on the matter of guidelines for admission.
Madhulika Sen, Chairperson of Forum of Public Schools and Principal of Tagore International School, Vasant Vihar said, “More than others, the situation has become extremely stressful for parents. The L-G could have taken the principals into confidence and taken suggestions from them. This uncertainty could have been avoided.”
While the Delhi High Court, in its order in April, had allowed admission to resume, the Supreme Court had put the process on hold, escalating uncertainty among schools and parents. The case is expected to be heard by the apex court on Monday.
According to Sen, irrespective of the court’s decision, one section of parents will be left aggrieved. “Eventually, only a certain section of applicants will be happy, whatever the court’s decision may be. The issue could have been resolved without putting a halt to the admission process.”
On the Supreme Court asking the Delhi government to consider increasing the number of seats, a teacher said, “How can you ask schools to increase seats? Each of us are operating at maximum capacity.”
Criticising the measures taken by the government, she said, “It is unfortunate that the government cannot decide on a policy. The schedule is in chaos. Classes will probably begin only in July.”
Principals and teachers from over 60 schools came together on Saturday to deliberate on the pedagogy and best practices in school education.
From methods like concept and mind-mapping to use of yoga and Kabir’s couplets, the event saw teachers discussing various methods of learning adopted in their schools. Debashis Chatterjee, Director of Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode, in his keynote stressed that only a still mind will be innovative and creative. “When the mind degenerates, the body disintegrates, so the focus should be on meditation to be productive,” Chatterjee said.