Nursery admission guidelines don't categorise kids: Centre | delhi | Hindustan Times
Today in New Delhi, India
Jul 20, 2017-Thursday
-°C
New Delhi
  • Humidity
    -
  • Wind
    -

Nursery admission guidelines don't categorise kids: Centre

Challenging a PIL seeking quashing of the present nursery admission rules, the Centre has denied before the Delhi High Court that the guidelines followed by Delhi schools for admission this year eventually categorised kids and said the guidelines conformed to the Right to Education Act (RTE). Harish V Nair reports.

delhi Updated: Mar 06, 2011 22:30 IST
Harish V Nair

Challenging a PIL seeking quashing of the present nursery admission rules, the Centre has denied before the Delhi High Court that the guidelines followed by Delhi schools for admission this year eventually categorised kids and said the guidelines conformed to the Right to Education Act (RTE).

The Centre's affidavit in the court has come at a time when there is rampant criticism about the new rules giving enough leeway to schools to come out with their own admission policies.

"The decision to allow schools to develop categories on the basis of their objectives and follow a system of random selection within or outside the categories is consistent with the provisions of section 13(1) of the RTE Act," the affidavit said.

The Centre refuted that the HRD ministry had consulted various educationists, academics, NGOs, civil society organisations and education secretaries of various states for suggestions to implement the RTE Act. The court will take up the Centre's affidavit on March 8.

The PIL was filed by the civil rights group Social Jurist, challenging the validity of government notifications (Centre's November 2010 and GNCT Delhi's December 2010). It was this NGO on whose petition the high court had banned schools from conducting interviews of children and parents in 2006.

"It is based on categorisation of children. The guidelines will lead to further commercialisation of education at the cost of hapless parents/students," the PIL alleged. According to the NGO's lawyer Ashok Agarwal, the policy has ignored a high court-appointed committee's recommendations in 2006.

The committee headed by the CBSE chairman Ashok Ganguly had called for transparency, elimination of interviews and minimising management's discretion to evolve a common admission process, Agarwal added.