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Nursery admission guidelines likely to be announced early this year

The Delhi government, keen to avoid a repeat of last year's controversy over admissions to nursery classes in city schools, is likely to come out with ...

The Delhi government, keen to avoid a repeat of last year’s controversy over admissions to nursery classes in city schools, is likely to come out with admission guidelines early this year, possibly by October.

The Directorate of Education (DoE) under the Delhi government is already holding meetings and consultations with schools. “We were told in our meeting with directorate officials that the guidelines this year may come as early as October,” Bharat Arora, chairman, Mount Abu Public School, said.

Principals, who attended the meeting, said schools suggested sticking to the Ganguly Committee recommendations for admissions to nursery classes.

“We have recommended sticking to the Ganguly Committee guidelines. But the department has invited suggestions and ideas from us,” Arora said.

The next meeting with DoE officials is expected to be held over the course of the week.

In line with directions of the Delhi High Court, the Ganguly Committee, headed by CBSE chairman Ashok Ganguly, has laid down recommendations for admissions to nursery classes.

On September 9, the DoE had told the High Court that it expected to notify a new policy for admissions to nursery classes within 10 days.

Last year, the process was stalled repeatedly by court cases, challenging the new guidelines framed by the Lt-Governor of Delhi Najeeb Jung. The guidelines were changed midway, delaying the admission process.

“If all goes according to plan, the guidelines may be announced by October to avoid last-minute problems. But this is yet to be approved,” a DoE official told Newsline.

But, the fate of the guidelines this year could also depend on a Supreme Court case slated to be heard on October 10. “The Supreme Court decision on applicability of RTE in nursery admissions is coming up on October 10. If the court says RTE is applicable for nursery admissions, everything will have to be done in accordance with RTE, which would mean that admissions would be done based on draw of lots and neighbourhood criteria,” Ashok Agarwal, lawyer, Social Jurist, said.

Schools, nonetheless, are upbeat about the guidelines coming early. “It gives us that much more time to prepare. Nursery admissions are a hectic time,” Ameeta Mulla Wattal, principal, Springdales, Pusa Road, said.

Source : Indian Express




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