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Nursery norms likely to be out this week

Mallica Joshi, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, December 10, 2012
First Published: 23:40 IST(10/12/2012) | Last Updated: 23:41 IST(10/12/2012)

The nursery admission guidelines are expected to come out later this week.

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According to officials at the Directorate of Education, they are ready with the guidelines but are awaiting the Delhi High Court’s decision on a case filed against the points system followed by schools.  

“Our guidelines are ready and there are very few changes from last year but we are waiting for the high court to give its decision as there is no point releasing a set of guidelines only to change them later,” said a senior official.

An NGO had filed a case against the private schools in the city, saying that the points system they follow was against the Right to Education Act. Schools in the city, as of now, are allowed to frame their own set of points for giving admission in nursery. Most schools give points for alumni, sibling distance and girl child.

According to RTE, meanwhile, schools cannot discriminate against students at all.

According to Ashok Aggarwal, member of NGO Social Jurist that has challenged the points system in court, distance is the only criterion that schools can use to select children. Using any other criteria is violation of the RTE, believes Aggarwal.

Under the present circumstances the guidelines can be expected by the end of the week. The forms will be available from January 1 and the admission process has to be completed by March 31.  There will be no centralised forms.


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