‘Govt attacking schools’ autonomy by scrapping mgmt quota’

School associations which had moved court in 2014 after Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung had notified the scrapping of quota then, claimed the matter is still pending and hence the announcement amounts to "contempt of court".

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: January 6, 2016 7:46:29 pm
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal with Dy CM Manish Sishodia addresses a press conference on school admissions in New Delhi on Wednesday. (Photo: AP) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal with Dy CM Manish Sishodia addresses a press conference on school admissions in New Delhi on Wednesday. (Photo: AP)

Schools today adopted a cautious approach in reacting to Delhi Government’s decision of scrapping the management quota for nursery admissions even as various associations of unaided private schools reacted strongly saying the move is an attack on schools’ “autonomy”.

In a far-reaching decision, the government adopted scrapped management quota and all other reservations except
the EWS category in private schools for nursery admissions and warned that erring institutions can be taken over by the Education department.

Reputed private schools including Amity International, Springdales and Delhi Public School, did not comment saying “they are yet to receive a formal order in this regard”.

However, school associations which had moved court in 2014 after Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung had notified the scrapping of quota then, claimed the matter is still pending and hence the announcement amounts to “contempt of court”.

“There was a judgement by a single bench of High Court granting autonomy to schools for deciding quotas. The Government had challenged the judgment seeking a stay before a double bench but the matter is still pending. Such an announcement at this stage when the matter is sub-judice amounts to contempt of court,” said S K Bhattacharya, President of Action Committee for Unaided Private Schools which has 400 schools registered with it.

“Also, management quota is not just a brainchild of private schools but Justice Ganguly committee had also
supported the issue. It is not understandable as to the tearing hurry in which the cabinet has taken this decision,”
he added.

Ashok Sehgal, Principal, Alcohon International Schools and Chairman, National Progressive Schools Conference (NPSC) said, “after schools went to High Court and it ruled in favour of the schools and connotations of it, they challenged it and the matter is pending. Then to bring any order at this stage is surprising especially when the admissions have already begun as it will create further confusion for parents.

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