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Clever move by private schools

In response to HC order on admission policy, schools propose an ?interaction? instead of ?interview?.

india Updated: Mar 01, 2006 16:39 IST
Harish V Nair
Harish V Nair

The unaided private schools appear to be in no mood to give up the practice of taking interviews of nursery students and their parents. The only change they have proposed to the Delhi High Court is replace the word “interview” with “interaction”.

Asked to evolve an alternative admission policy, a committee comprising 270 private unaided schools on Tuesday submitted before the High Court a set of suggestions. The schools continued to lay emphasis on reservation of seats on the basis of parental backgrounds, their educational backgrounds and observation of the child.

Rejecting the report filed before Justices Vijender Jain and SN Aggarwal, advocate Ashok Aggarwal, who filed the PIL said, “It is old wine in new bottle…a clever move to circumvent the court order. They have merely reiterated the prevailing practice.”

The suggestions will come up for hearing on April 5. The report said for giving representation to various strata of society, the schools will categorise applications on the basis of parental backgrounds as professionals, businessmen, private sector officials, government servants, wards of old students and sibling cases.

The eligibility criteria laid by the government will be followed in case of economically weak students. “We need maximum autonomy on the right to appointment, disciplinary powers, admission and the fees and it is not possible to grant admissions on the basis of merit.

It is no secret that the examination results at all levels of unaided private schools, are far superior to the results of government-maintained schools,” the report said. They also rejected the advice to follow a lottery system for admission.

First Published: Mar 01, 2006 12:36 IST