The Delhi government on Thursday defended before the high court its decision to scrap the management quota in nursery admission, stating that private unaided schools did not have absolute autonomy.
It submitted that by way of the notification, it did not prescribe any criteria but had only asked the private schools to adopt criteria which were fair, just and reasonable.
The government said that while private unaided schools had their autonomy, if they misuse it, the state will step in.
The HC was hearing pleas of two associations representing private unaided schools, which have challenged the AAP’s January 6 order scrapping 62 criteria, including management quota, in nursery admissions.
During the hearing, Justice Manmohan said as per the procedure under law, the January 6 notification should have been issued by the L-G.
Defending its decision, the government said the L-G worked on aid and advice of the council of ministers and in the present case, the decision was taken by the cabinet.
Delhi government will continue its arguments on Friday.
Brief arguments were submitted on behalf of the private unaided schools which said the statute did not provide the government with powers to govern their functioning, especially with regard to admissions. So the same cannot be done by way of notifications.
The private schools said that parents choose them due to the poor condition of government schools.
“The vacuum created by government schools and colleges in not providing top-class education has been filled by the private schools,” they said.
The government’s January 6 notification has been challenged by Action Committee Unaided Recognised Private Schools and Forum for Promotion of Quality Education for All.