The Delhi High Court on Friday granted some relief to private schools by allowing them to interact with parents of children seeking admission to nursery classes.
The judges found reason in argument of the Action Committee of Unaided Private Schools (ACUPS), comprising 1,900 schools, that the process was necessary to ascertain the background of each child and to check the veracity of the facts given in the admission form.
The court had earlier imposed a complete ban on interview or interaction of tiny tots or their parents and asked the schools to adhere to the alternative mode of admissions suggested by a committee of educationalists headed by CBSE Chairman Ashok Ganguly on a trial basis for the ensuing academic year.
“No doubt interactions with parents are required to ascertain certain information regarding the child. Though there are objections, we must be practical”, a division bench comprising Chief Justice Mukundakam Sharma and Justice Hima Kohli said.
Panel guidelines ‘stop-gap’
The court, however, once again made it clear that the guidelines laid out by the Ganguly committee: granting admission by giving weightage to nearness of residence; whether a sibling studies in the same school and educational qualification of parents, have to be followed on a trial basis for a year.
Justice Sharma said no interview of tiny tots or their parent should take place. Also, arbitrariness and discretionary power of the management should be completely eradicated.
Regarding the strong objection raised by the schools to the recommendations, the court said, “These were only a stop-gap arrangement and we will deal with various aspects and facets of it upon receipt of proper suggestions from the schools”.
The court asked ACUPS counsel RK Jain to file their suggestions within four weeks and adjourned the hearing to January 17.
The Bench pulled up the government for not taking any interest in the implementation of the Ganguly committee recommendations.
“We have done our job by appointing a committee which has come out with certain guidelines. Now you should take the lead and not the court. Ultimately the state government has to act,” Justice Sharma told the government counsel.
The court asked the government to invite objections of the schools and ascertain the problem they face in implementing the recommendations.