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New nursery guidelines progressive,will keep schools on toes: Sisodia

Says guidelines will pressure private schools to keep admission process transparent.

Written by Shikha Sharma | New Delhi | Published: January 1, 2014 11:22:21 pm

Education Minister Manish Sisodia has welcomed the new nursery guidelines,saying it will help make the current education system transparent. Calling them “forward-looking and progressive”,the minister said the new guidelines will go a long way in “putting necessary pressure on private schools to keep the admission procedure clean and transparent”.

“The new guidelines are quite progressive and forward-looking. We view it as a step in the right direction,one that will put pressure on schools to keep their admission process clean. However,a lot more needs to be done and we are committed to doing that,” Sisodia said.

He especially hailed the scrapping of management quota,saying that the move would help end the culture of donation prevalent in city’s private schools. On his plans of making nursery admissions transparent,he said his agenda was to make the process “parent-friendly”.

“We will ask private schools to make a chart and post it online on their websites. We will ask them to identify the radius of their geographical area of six to eight kilometres accurately,put the fee details and the number of students in every class clearly on the websites so that parents should be able to compare,” he had said,in an earlier interaction with Newsline.

The decision on nursery admission criteria was taken by

Lt-Governor Najeeb Jung at the insistence of the High Court. The decision has not found favour with private schools,which are now thinking of challenging the L-G’s order in the High Court.

But before approaching the court,school authorities are now planning to approach Sisodia and Kejriwal to “present their side of the story” in the next couple of days.

“The government has only heard one side of the story so far. We would like to go and meet both the education minister and the new CM to apprise them about the interests of private schools. We would like to inform them about the demerits of the guidelines,and how it harms private schools’ interests,” S K Bhattacharya,chairman,action committee of Private Unaided Recognised Schools,said.

The Delhi State Public Schools’ Management Association also plans to submit a protest letter to the new education minister. “We are in the process of drafting the letter. We are totally against the arbitrary guidelines that have stolen all autonomy from schools. We are also against the recent L-G order,which raises the ceiling of EWS admissions from 10 to 20 per cent from Class I onwards. The L-G cannot take such sweeping decisions without keeping our interests in mind and we plan on meeting the new political leadership in Delhi to let them know our stand,” R C Jain,president of the association said.

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