The Delhi High Court on Tuesday directed the Delhi Government to fix, within three months, the maximum age of admission of children in nursery.
"To clear the confusion with regard to the maximum age of the child to be admitted to different classes, the DoE is also directed to take responsibility to frame specific and clear guidelines within a period of three months, so that the object of the Right to Education (RTE) does not get mired in uncertainty," Justice Kailash Gambhir said.
The court order came after the DoE said that though it has fixed the minimum age as three years — for admisison to the pre-school class — the maximum age limit has not been fixed, as the issue is left to the wisdom of schools.
Justice Gambhir was hearing a petition filed by a man whose son, belonging to the economically weaker section (EWS), was denied admission in the nursery by a private school, on the ground that he, being over four years of age, was ineligible.
The father of the toddler took the plea that the DoE has only prescribed the minimum age limit for the admission to nursery and the denial of admission to his ward would jeopardise his career.
"This court is of the considered view that for attaining the non-negotiable objectives of the RTE Act, DoE is, henceforth, directed to take steps to help the petitioner to see if any seat at the pre-school level or pre-primary level is available in any other aided or unaided school in his neighbourhood," the court said.
"It is imperative for every parent to be vigilant and watchful to seek timely admission of their children at the pre-school level or at the pre-primary level on the fulfilment criteria and any discretion by the court — in favour of one student — will not only create an anomalous situation but will also disturb the entire admission system," it said.