Apex court verdict a relief for some parents, others plan legal recourse

The court also quashed the government’s February 27 notification scrapping the IST quota.

Written by Shikha Sharma | New Delhi | Published: May 8, 2014 4:07:40 am

Schools and parents heaved a sigh of relief on Wednesday after the Supreme Court vacated its stay on nursery admission in Delhi. “The court took a lot of time to lift the stay, but eventually did it just in time. Hopefully, schools should be able to finish all formalities before breaking for summer vacations,” R C Jain, president, Delhi State Public Schools Management Association, said.

Lifting the stay on nursery admission, the apex court held that parents who have moved court against the Delhi government’s decision to scrap the Inter-State Transfer (IST) will get seats for their children this academic year. The court also quashed the government’s February 27 notification scrapping the IST quota.

“We welcome the decision of the court. Schools can start nursery classes from tomorrow, but we first want to start the admission process for the remaining seats. We will be admitting the 22 children — whose parents had gone to court — into schools of their choice, as directed by the court. We are awaiting the instructions of the Directorate of Education (DoE) to begin the process,” S K Bhattacharya, president, Action Committee for Unaided Private Schools, said.

“If all goes well, we are hopeful of beginning classes in a couple of days or beginning of next week,” he said.  The DoE is expected to release the schedule for nursery admission by Thursday. “We only need to wait for the DoE’s circular to get the process going. Most schools are open till May 16, so we hope to finish by then,” Ameeta Wattal, principal, Springdales, Pusa Road, said.

“Parents who have got confirmed admissions in schools are really happy with the order. But those  who haven’t been able to secure a seat for their children, especially ones with IST points, are planning a legal recourse,” Sumit Vohra, founder of parent portal admissions nursery.com, said.

“We did not know that if we did not go to the court, we would not get a seat. The judgment is for the lucky few who could afford going to court. We are also contemplating challenging the SC order to get some respite,” Subhash Jha, an IST parent from Patna, said.

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