Schools challenge HC order on nursery admissions

South Delhi schools have filed a Special Leave Petiion challenging the Dec 8, 2006 HC order, report Satya Prakash and Anuradha Mukherjee.

india Updated: Jan 05, 2007 02:44 IST

The Delhi High Court's recent order banning interviewing of tiny tots for admission to nursery classes has been challenged in the Supreme Court.

Shriram School and Vasant Valley in Vasant Vihar area of South Delhi have filed a Special Leave Petiion challenging the December 8, 2006 order of the High Court asking private schools in the capital to go ahead with the admissions as per the recommendations of the Ganguly Committee.

The SLP is scheduled to come up for hearing before the Supreme Court on Friday.

As a concession the court had only allowed the schools to "interact" with parents for verification of documents. It had clarified that the "interaction" should not take the form of an "interview".

The petitioners have challenged the 100-point criteria recommended by the Committee terming it as "an attempt to take away the autonomy of private schools".

The schools contended that the High Court did not pay proper attention to the objections raised by them regarding the recommendation/100-point scale for selection of children for admission to nursery.

The High Court had asked the schools to commence the admission process as per the Ganguly Committee recommendations and place objections, if any, before it on January 17, the next date of hearing.

Schools contend that the Delhi School Education Act accords complete autonomy to private schools and it could not be taken away by the court.

It all started in the year 2001, when one Rakesh Goel and some other parents moved the Delhi High Court seeking a ban on the system of interviewing kids for nursery admission in unaided recognised private schools.

A single bench of the High Court passed an order in December 2003 in favour of the schools, which was challenged by the parents before the Division Bench, whose order is now under challenge before the SC.

Considering the importance of the matter, the Division Bench had on May 2004 converted the appeal into a Public Interest Litigation. Since then the High Court has conducted several hearings and invited suggestions from doctors, educationists, psychologists, sociologists, parents associations and the schools to find an appropriate solution to the issue.

Shriram School had earlier approached the apex court in August last year but was advised to go back to the High Court.

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First Published: Jan 05, 2007 02:44 IST