The private schools had moved the HC seeking a stay on the new norms at least for this year’s admissions. Seeing no “life or death issue” in the matter, a division bench of Chief Justice NV Ramana and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw declined to interfere with the new norm at this stage saying it would create “confusion and would be detrimental to the interest of children and parents”.
Unaided private schools have complained that their autonomy in the student selection process has been taken away.
The new norms were issued by Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung on December 18. It gives 70 out of 100 points to the ‘neighbourhood’ criteria giving children living within an 8-km radius of the school a priority in admission.
The 20% ‘management quota’ has been eliminated leaving a 5% ‘staff quota’ at the discretion of the schools. There is also a 5% girl’s quota for co-ed schools and the mandatory 25% EWS quota. The remaining 65% of seats will be allotted to open category.
Though the L-G’s order was issued without consulting any cabinet minister in Delhi, the bench was satisfied that the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government supported the as yet untested guidelines. The AAP government had told the HC that it was ready to correct and learn from this year’s experience.