Delhi Government asked to decide on Change in Rules for Nursery Admission
The Delhi high court on 25th September, 2013 directed Delhi government to take a decision within three months on a plea for an amendment in admission procedure for nursery to bring it in line with the Right to Education ( RTE ) Act which prohibits screening of children for admissions.
A bench of Chief Justice N V Ramana and Justice Manmohan disposed of a PIL while directing Delhi government and the Lieutenant Governor ( LG ) to take a decision within 12 weeks on the representation of Social Jurist, a civil rights group, seeking amendment in the Recognised Schools ( Admission Procedure for Pre-Primary Class ) Order, 2007.
The plea sought amendment in clause 14 of the order in the nursery admission process, to bring it in line with Section 13 read with Section 2(o) of the Right to Education ( RTE ) Act which prohibits screening of children for admissions. According to the PIL, Delhi government had in its 2007 order given freedom to private unaided recognised schools here to frame their own guidelines for nursery admissions.
Petitioner NGO’s counsel Ashok Agarwal, argued that by giving a free hand to the private unaided recognised schools to formulate their own guidelines for nursery admissions, the government had violated Section 13 of the RTE Act.