A consortium of nearly 100 top Delhi schools have decided to come out with guidelines and schedules for nursery admissions this year, not waiting for the Delhi high court that hears a government appeal challenging their stance on Monday.
The court last week had given schools a free hand in fixing admission norms, quashing a 2013 government-mandated formula for nursery admissions.
The government challenged the order but the National Progressive Schools’ Conference has decided to go ahead with the admission process, keeping the HC order in mind.
According to the guidelines, 20% seats are under management quota and all schools will allot points under the neighbourhood, sibling and alumni criteria. The weightage of each criterion will be decided by the schools themselves.
Premier schools such as Sanskriti School, Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, Springdales School (Pusa Road and Dhaula Kuan), Modern School (Barakhamba Road and Vasant Vihar) and Delhi Public School are part of the NPSC.
Schools will also be free to introduce specific criteria for admission such as single parent, girl child, first-born child and minority.
The NPSC move comes in the wake of last Friday’s HC order that gave private schools more autonomy in deciding norms, holding out hope that nursery admissions this time around won’t be the mess they were last year.
Lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung last year had abolished the management quota, earmarking a massive 70 points for neighbourhood, 20 for siblings and 5 for alumni. Various schools and parents challenged the L-G’s guidelines in court, triggering a messy fight that delayed the academic session by more than four months.
NPSC schools are not the only ones who have chose to follow the HC verdict without waiting for the appeal hearing. The Action Committee Unaided Recognised Private Schools has also set up a committee to formulate guidelines for schools that fall under it. Their guidelines are still awaited.
The admission schedule has been decided by the Directorate of Education (DOE) since schools started using the points system in 2007.