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No interviews for nursery kids: HC

In a major relief to toddlers setting foot into the world of learning, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday barred private schools from subjecting children and their parents to rigorous interviews at the time of admission to nursery classes.

education Updated: May 11, 2006 12:03 IST

In a major relief to toddlers setting foot into the world of learning, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday barred private schools from subjecting children and their parents to rigorous interviews at the time of admission to nursery classes.

Earlier, a restrain order was issued by a Division Bench headed by acting Chief Justice Vijender Jain asking schools to immediately come up with an alternative admission procedure.

Angry at the schools for not complying with its direction in December, the court had given them a “last chance” of four weeks. The court had on April 5 rejected a report filed by a committee comprising 270 schools saying, “We are not happy with your suggestions. You have still left room for manipulation. Tell us how the discretion of the management can be curbed and transparency infused.”

The committee had submitted a set of suggestions that continued to insist on reservation of seats on the basis of parental background, interaction with parents and children and observation of the child.

The court observed that it was “old wine in a new bottle” as they had merely replaced “interview” with “interaction”.