Faridabad schools approach SC to save nursery classes
Faced with imminent closure of their pre-primary classes, several schools from Faridabad have approached the Supreme Court against a Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) order requiring them to shut down nursery and kindergarten classes.delhi Updated: Oct 29, 2009 01:47 IST
Faced with imminent closure of their pre-primary classes, several schools from Faridabad have approached the Supreme Court against a Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) order requiring them to shut down nursery and kindergarten classes.
HUDA’s 2007 circular had declared pre-primary classes at these schools illegal on the ground that land allotted to them was to run only higher secondary schools. The circular charged them with violating the land-use conditions.
The schools moved the Supreme Court after Punjab and Haryana High Court upheld HUDA’s circular.
In its judgment of February 24, 2009, the high court had directed the schools to submit an undertaking promising not to admit students from this year in their pre-primary classes.
The apex court has stayed the implementation of the high court order.
Acting on a bunch of petitions, it has issued notice to HUDA and sought their response.
Before the apex court, the schools have assailed the circular and the high court judgment, saying the condition was not present in the land-lease agreement at the time of allotment.
Though HUDA had categorised the schools into primary, high school and higher secondary, it then did not have a separate category for a pre-primary school.
This was introduced in 2003 after the notification of Haryana Education Rules.
“It is submitted that prior to 2003 there was no Education Rules to regulate education in all non-government schools, to promote better organisation and development of school education,” the petitions said.
The schools further claimed there was no embargo on a primary school or a high school or a higher secondary school from imparting education to pre-primary classes.
“Just because the Haryana Education Rules has specifically categorised pre-primary schools, it cannot mean that imparting of education for pre-primary classes will amount to misuse of land,” they added.
The schools have submitted before the apex court that pre-primary school is a part of the education process and the purpose of running a school is to provide “wholesome” education to the child.
Pre-primary classes are a gateway to enhance the personality of a child, said the schools in support of their contention.