Suggest an option in 4 weeks: HC

Updated on Jan 31, 2006 01:44 PM IST

The court in a Dec 2005 ruling had virtually banned interviews of parents.

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The Delhi High Court on Tuesday granted a "last opportunity" of four weeks to private schools in the capital to evolve a transparent and comprehensive policy.

The court asked schools to dispense with the practice of interviewing nursery students and their parents for admission.

A Division Bench of Justice Vijender Jain and Justice Rekha Sharma however maintained it would not grant any further time to schools in this regard.

The Bench had earlier, on a PIL filed by advocate Ashok Aggarwal, issued notices to the government and the management of private schools questioning the authority under which such interviews were being conducted in the capital.

Senior counsel RK Jain, appearing for the schools, sought six weeks time on grounds that the In-House Committee of the schools - formed at the directive of the court - was still in the process of formulating an appropriate methodology to dispense with the system of interviewing kids and parents.

However, petitioner Aggarwal strongly opposed any further grant of time to the schools on the ground that it was part of dilatory tactics being adopted by school managements to persist with the pernicious system.

He also pointed out that, on the last hearing on December 9, 2005, the schools had made a similar plea for a last chance of another four weeks to formulate a suitable policy in this regard.

The Bench, while agreeing with Aggarwal's contention, said it would not grant any further time beyond the four weeks granted today and posted the matter for further hearing on February 28.

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