Delhi schools can set nursery admission guidelines: HC

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday allowed schools to set nursery admissions guidelines and set point systems as per their requirements.

The court said private unaided schools should have the administrative autonomy to decide on admissions. It said that the power to decide a child’s school should rest with the parents. A position on a map cannot decide which school a child should go to.

The court was hearing a batch of petitions filed by the parents against guidelines issued by Delhi’s lieutenant governor on December 18, 2013 on the admissions.

While reserving his verdict, Justice Manmohan had also restrained Delhi government from issuing fresh notification for nursery admission for the upcoming academic year in the national capital on a plea challenging last year’s guidelines.

The court, which had reserved its order after hearing arguments from both the sides, had also said that the petitions will become infructuous if the government issues fresh guidelines.

Under the earlier system, out of a total 100 points, 70 were given if the child lives in the neighbourhood of the school, additional 20 were given if a sibling is studying there, five points more if either parent is an alumni and another five points if it is an inter-state transfer case.

Draw of lots were held at each point level. Thereafter, the government had on February 27 issued an order abolishing the five points that were being awarded in inter-state transfer cases.

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