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HC issues notice to L-G, Delhi govt on nursery admissions

HC issues notice to L-G, Delhi govt on nursery admissions

Harish V Nair, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 17, 2013
First Published: 23:53 IST(17/4/2013) | Last Updated: 02:17 IST(18/4/2013)
The nursery admission matter is back in court. The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought the opinion of the Lieutenant Governor and the state  government on a petition to bring the Capital’s nursery admission rules under the ambit of the Right to Education Act, which prohibits classification of children through points system.
Issuing a notice, the court sought their replies by July 19. The fresh petition came two months after the court provided major relief to parents and private schools in the Capital by giving the go-ahead to the ongoing admission process for nursery classes with points system as the criteria, pointing out that RTE was not applicable to nursery admissions.
However, the court had then made it clear that it wanted the points system scrapped and had asked the Centre to amend the RTE Act to bring the nursery admissions under its purview.
 “In its existing form, the RTE Act, which prohibits classification of students is not applicable to nursery admissions. But necessary amendments should be considered by the state to give equal opportunity to all children from nursery to class 8,” the court had said.
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“The new petition seeks directions to the Lt Governor of Delhi and the state government to amend the Recognized Schools (Admission Procedure for Pre-Primary Class) Order, 2007 to bring the same in line with the RTE Act, 2009, which clearly prohibits screening of children.
The order had given a free hand to schools to formulate their own guidelines,” petitioner NGO Social Jurist’s lawyer Ashok Agarwal said.
 Agarwal told a bench headed by justice D Murugesan that he had approached the LG with a representation  but there was no response.

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