The Supreme Court has given a ray of hope to private schools in the national capital and agreed to hear their plea on January 31. The apex court has however refused to stay nursery admissions, as per the guidelines issued by Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung.
Private schools in Delhi on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court challenging the guidelines issued by Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung denying them 20 per cent management quota and other criteria for admission to nursery schools .
The Lt. Governor had issued the guidelines in December. The guidelines provided for various steps including abolition of the 20 per cent management quota for the grant of admission and weightage for neighbourhood children.
The unaided private schools challenged the Jan 20, 2014, Delhi High Court order directing the Delhi government to notify the guidelines issued by the Lt. Governor and also the date of admission.
The plea by the unaided private schools was moved by the Action Committee of Unaided Recognized Private Schools and Forum for Promotion of Quality Education for All.
The action committee challenged the dismissal of its plea challenging the notification of the Lt. Governor.
The Delhi High Court by its January 20 order had refused to stay the notification on the criteria for nursery admissions in the city, holding that any “interference at this stage would create confusion”.
The court, in its order, said that the stay of the notification would be “detrimental to the interest of children as well as parents” seeking admission.
The nursery admission process, which was to start on January 15, was put on hold after the government told the high court bench it would wait for the court’s decision on the issue before commencing the admission process.
Parents are confused whether to fill forms or wait till 31 January for the hearing as some of the schools mentioned this either on their notice board or website that admission guidelines are subject to change. Some parents fear that admissions can be cancelled if these schools get an order in their favour from Supreme Court.” [contact-form][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Website’ type=’url’/][contact-field label=’Comment’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][/contact-form]