Principals of private unaided schools in Delhi met Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung on Friday to seek changes in new guidelines for nursery admission. Jung was told that many of the parameters were unfriendly,arbitrary. Some schools plan to seek legal recourse if changes are not made.
S K Bhattacharya,president of the Action Committee,Unaided Recognised Private Schools,said: We had a meeting with the Lt-Governor and he heard us patiently. We informed him about specific areas in the new guidelines that we find problematic. We also submitted a representation and he assured us he would look into the matter again.
S L Jain,member of the action committee,said: In our letter,we asked the
Lt-Governor to rationalise the neighbourhood criteria,and have a graded point system. We have asked for increase in the number of parameters,besides additional points for siblings… We have recommended that the 20 per cent management quota be reinstated as we feel it is essential for schools to have some autonomy.
Another association,the National Public Schools Conference,also met Jung and submitted a memorandum. We have submitted our concerns to the Lt Governor. We hope to be heard this time around, Ameeta Mulla Wattal,chairperson of the National Public Schools Conference,said.
Apart from increasing the distance to more than 6 km in the neighbourhood criteria,the NPSC suggested increase in points for siblings and alumni,especially for schools with a considerable alumni base.
The order prescribes that the neighbourhood,which has to be allotted 70 points,be measured only up to 6 km,which is ridiculous for a city like Delhi where schools are so unevenly distributed. Where are children,who have no schools in the neighbourhood,supposed to go? It is disadvantageous to those whose siblings have already been admitted last year.
If we admitted a child who was living 7 km away last year,we will not be able to admit the sibling who applies this year. We have submitted all this in our memorandum. We hope our concerns will be looked at seriously,
Under the new norms,all discretionary powers,including a 20 per cent management quota,have been taken away from schools who now have to follow a common criteria for admission which heavily favours students living within 6 km from a school.
Unhappy with the new guidelines,schools say they may move court if the Lt-Governor fails to act. R C Jain,vice-president of the Action Committee,Unaided Recognised Private Schools,said: If no action is taken,we will go to court. We have decided to approach the vacation bench in the High Court,at least get a stay on this order.