In a bid to streamline nursery admissions and cause minimum inconvenience to parents this year, the action committee of unaided private schools — an umbrella body of the city’s private schools — will hold a meeting Tuesday to draft broad guidelines for all schools to follow during admissions.
This comes even as another petition was filed before the division bench of the High Court against last week’s single judge order allowing schools to formulate their own guidelines. The Directorate of Education is also expected to file a petition against the order.
“The core committee will have a meeting tomorrow where we plan on discussing and hopefully formulating broad guidelines for admissions this year. Around 35 schools have been invited for this purpose. The aim is to evolve a mechanism that will ensure maximum transparency and accountability to regain parents’ trust,” S K Bhattacharya, President, action committee for unaided private schools, said.
Meanwhile, nursery admissions this year may be delayed due to the appeal filed before the High Court division bench by an NGO – Social Jurist.
The Delhi High Court, on Friday, had quashed the nursery admission guidelines issued by the Lieutenant-Governor last year, and upheld the Ganguly Committee recommendations that allow schools to set their own guidelines.
Last year, private unaided schools in the capital had challenged the notification issued by the L-G, whereby a 100-point system was created for nursery admissions and management quota had been done away with.
Observing that the decision to impose admission guidelines was neither procedurally proper nor rational, Justice Manmohan had said private unaided schools have the “fundamental right to maximum autonomy in day-to-day administration”, including the right to admit students.
“Every year we see the exact same fight. A consensus should be reached on this, so that parents are not forced to run from pillar to post every year,” Mamta Pandey, a parent from Nirman Vihar, said.
Delays are also expected because the Supreme Court is yet to hear the plea to place nursery schools under the ambit of the Right To Education Act. The case is likely to come up for hearing on December 12.
“Even though the final changes in the guidelines were completed as early as November, a clear picture will emerge only after the High Court and Supreme Court hearings,” Khagesh Jha, lawyer and a member of NGO Social Jurist, said.