Brushing aside objections raised by private schools, the Delhi High Court has gone one step further to ensure “strict adherence” of the Ganguly Committee’s recommendations on nursery admissions.
On Friday it asked the Delhi government’s Directorate of Education to closely monitor the admission process in all schools.
This is the first time the government is being brought into the picture. But it remains to be seen how serious they will be in accomplishing the task as during the hearing they had openly sided with the schools in voicing their opposition to the 100-point criteria suggested by the committee and the ban on interviews.
Senior Counsel KTS Tulsi, representing the Government of NCT submitted before the court that “the guidelines of the Ganguly committee are directly in contravention of rule 145 of the Delhi School Education rules which states that schools have full power to lay down the criteria for admission”.
The judges directed the government to form a committee which will also consist of CBSE Chairman Ashok Ganguly and three members of the panel headed by him. Besides monitoring the admission process, the committee has been asked to consider objections and suggestions being raised by the schools, tabulate them against each recommendations and submit it to the court on March 8.
A division bench comprising of Acting Chief Justice MK Sharma and Justice Sanjiv Khanna gave the direction after Ashok Aggarwal, the counsel representing the parents said since the guidelines were being put to use on an experimental basis, there should be some mechanism to ensure their implementation and to get a feed back on how it was working.
The court reiterated that the policy framed by the committee must be given a trial for the 2007 academic session and no school can escape from it. The schools are up in arms against the Ganguly committee recommendations saying they impinge on their autonomy.
They feel the policy of giving weightage to children on the basis of neighbourhood policy, educational qualification of parents, sibling and alumni is plagued with deficiencies. The schools approached went in appeal twice in the Supreme Court. But the apex court referred it back to the High Court.