New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Wednesday
sought a response from the city government on a PIL seeking quashing of nursery admission guidelines framed by it on the grounds that they violated the Right to Education Act.
A division bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and
Justice Manmohan also issued notice to the Centre and asked
them to file their reply within six weeks.
The PIL was filed by civil rights group Social
Jurist challenging the validity of government`s notification.
The NGO`s lawyer Ashok Agarwal said the guidelines
giving private schools a free hand to formulate their own
admission criteria was against the RTE Act and Delhi High
Court’s previous orders.
"It is based on categorisation of children. The
guidelines will lead to further commercialisation of education
at the cost of hapless parents/students," the PIL said.
The lawyer argued that the High Court in September
2006 had constituted a panel of experts headed by Ashok
Ganguly, Chairman CBSE to go into all the issues related to
nursery admission. It enumerated three basic principles to
evolve a common admission process, transparency, elimination
of interview and minimising management’s discretion.
The PIL also said the panel had formulated a 100-point
scale with emphasis on uniform admission procedure for all
"The only agreeable point was 25 per cent reservation
for children from economically weaker sections but the
permission to schools to formulate their own policy to fill
the remaining 75 per cent seats could not be allowed," as per