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Schools ready with alternative mechanism

Following the Delhi HC directive days of admission interviews for nursery and pre-nursery are out, say schools.

india Updated: Sep 02, 2006 22:09 IST

Four schools on Saturday told the Delhi High Court they were ready with an alternative mechanism of "interacting with parents and observing children's behaviour" for nursery and pre-nursery admission interviews.

The high court had directed the Action Committee of Recognised Unaided Schools in New Delhi on Aug 23 to put in place within a week an alternative mechanism to interviews for admissions to nursery and pre-nursery classes.

The private minority schools—St Columba's, Carmel Convent, Mater Dei and St Xavier's Senior Secondary School—said in a joint reply to the court direction that they would interact with "the parents of children seeking admissions to the two classes and observe the behaviour of the toddlers".

The children would be required to be present along with their parents in the interaction sessions but the former would not be interviewed. They would simply be allowed to be "on their own or with other children and would be observed", the reply said.

However, the reply clarified that admissions would not be granted on the basis of knowledge or performance of the children.

The schools will have the right to determine whether a child was of normal health or ill or mentally or physically challenged requiring special attention, the reply added.

The court has already protested against the practice of subjecting children and their parents to interviews for admissions to these classes in private unaided schools.

The bench had last year warned the action committee, an association of private unaided schools of the capital, that upon failure to agree on an alternative mechanism, it would pass appropriate orders.

The bench has been hearing appeals by parents of three nursery children against a single-judge order of the court whereby Justice SK Kaul had in January 2003 rejected their petitions seeking a direction to debar schools in the capital from subjecting parents as well as their wards to interviews for admissions to these classes.

Ashok Aggarwal, counsel for the three appellants, has already suggested a draw-of-lots method for admissions.