Stand-off over nursery admn: Pvt schools favour point system
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Last Updated: Thursday, December 09, 2010, 22:45
  
New Delhi: A high-level meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, to sort out the confusion over nursery admission remained inconclusive today due to intense pressure by private schools to retain last year's point system.

"No decision on nursery admission has been taken. Everything will be cleared within next two days," Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said after the meeting.

Since the guidelines issued by the Ministry for Human Resource Development recently, there have been contradicting reports over what will be the nature of selection criteria.

While the HRD Ministry has advocated selecting students through draw of lots, private schools have been insisting on retaining the exiting 100-point system devised by the Ashok Ganguly Committee three years ago.

Sources said Dikshit is personally opposed to introduction of lottery system for selection of the students, while Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely is open to the idea of selecting kids through draw of lots as suggested by the HRD Ministry.

The private schools are opposing the lottery system tooth and nail and insisting on retaining the point based system.

Representatives of the private schools, however, told the meeting that they would not oppose lottery system for selecting the mandatory 25 students from economically weaker section.

Lovely said government was determined to implement the RTE (Right To Compulsory and Free Education) Act from the 2011-12 session.

The private schools are also demanding compensation for providing free education to poor children as per the RTE.

Officials said Delhi Government would apprise the Union HRD Ministry about the options and a final decision on the issue will be taken after getting an opinion from the Centre.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, December 09, 2010, 22:45


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