Nursery admission to private schools in the capital are set to be rescheduled with the Delhi government informing the Delhi High Court that the 5 points allotted to students in the interstate transfer category were being claimed by “false” applicants. The first list after draw of lots was scheduled to come out on Friday.
The L-G on Wednesday informed the High Court that the government was scrapping the 5 points, of the 100 points system, given to applicants in the interstate transfer category. He said the government will issue a notification with a reworked points system by Thursday. Schools will now have to go for a fresh draw of lots. For this, a new schedule for admission will have to be drawn up.
This came after a survey by the Delhi Directorate of Education found that a large number of applicants, who sought admission in the interstate transfers category, had given incorrect information.
Appearing before the court of Justice Manmohan, senior advocate Raju Ramachandran informed the court that a survey of over 50 “leading schools” by the DoE has revealed that more than 46 per cent of open seats had been claimed under the interstate transfer category and 2.4 per cent of these applications were from the NCR Zone.
“After scrutiny, of the 1,520 applications in which interstate transfer had been claimed, 844 were found to be not genuine,” noted the court in its order.
“The Delhi government is directed to take a decision with regard to interstate transfer category and to issue a fresh schedule for draw of lots by tomorrow (Thursday),” Justice Manmohan said.
Under the guidelines issued by the L-G in December, of the 100 points, 70 are given to a child living in the neighbourhood, 20 if a sibling is studying in the school, five if either parent is an alumni and five points if it is an interstate transfer applicant. Only those having 75 out of 100 are considered for draw of lots, while those having 90 points are automatically admitted.
The order came during a hearing on a plea by Sudhanshu Jain challenging the system of giving five points to children whose parents have been transferred to Delhi from another state.
In his plea, Jain claimed that “most schools in the city have more applications at 75+ points than the total number of general seats. This effectively means that children, who do not have a sibling or whose parents are not an alumni or who did not get transfer to Delhi recently, have no chance of getting into schools this year,…”
A similar plea is also being heard by the bench of acting Chief Justice B D Ahmed and Justice Siddharth Mridul, which on Tuesday had sought a report from the government on the rationale behind awarding points to interstate transfer applicants.