‘Admission of kids below 4-yr not against law’

The city government told the Delhi HC that it has not violated any law by allowing schools to admit children below four years to nursery classes.

New Delhi: The city government on Wednesday told the Delhi High Court that it has not violated any law by allowing schools to admit children below four years to pre-school or nursery classes.
The Delhi government`s Directorate of Education`s counsel
said the Right to Education Act, which came into force in
2009, supersedes the Delhi Education Act.

The lawyer said RTE Act permits schools to give admission
to children below four years of age to pre-school or nursery
classes but the Delhi Education Act is silent about such

The counsel said although Ashok Ganguly committee had
recommended four years of age for nursery classes and the
duration of the pre-primary class should be one year in 2007,
the government was not able to frame norms as the high court`s
order endorsing the same was pending in the apex court.
Appearing for civil society Social Jurist advocate Ashok
Agarwal had, earlier, argued that keeping the child`s interest
in mind, the Ganguly Committee had recommended four years as
the admission age of children to pre-school classes and it was
endorsed by this court.

He said even the state act prescribed the same age
criteria but under the garb of RTE Act, the government has
allowed private schools to give admission to children in
nursery at the age of three.

After hearing the argument of the Delhi government and
NGO, the court deferred the matter for tomorrow to hear the
arguments on behalf of the private schools.

The court was hearing a petition filed by an NGO
challenging the government order, passed on December 16 last
year, allowing schools to admit children in nursery classes at
the age of three instead of four, in violation of the Delhi
Education Act.


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