Friday, February 26, 2016

Decide what constitute adequate writing material for students under RTE Act – High Court directed Director of Education Delhi Govt

Delhi High Court (Manmohan J.) today directed the Director of Education, Govt. of NCT of Delhi to take a view as to what constitutes adequate writing material vis-a-vis each student admitted to schools at elementary level run by Government/MCD in terms of Rule 8 of Delhi Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Rules, 2011 and place before the Court within 4 weeks.

The Court was hearing a petition by a class III student of NDMC School, Master Satyam Prajapati filed through Adv Ashok Agarwal highlighting that the Government/MCD have not discharged their obligation in terms of Rule 8 of Delhi Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Rules, 2011 which entitles every student to get free writing material. It was submitted that NDMC are providing 5 subject notebooks and 1 drawing book per year to the students at elementary level that do not constitute adequate writing material. The petition had also highlighted that there were 4 lakh students studying in 740 primary school run by NDMC and they had not been provided even with 5 notebooks and 1 drawing book in the year 2015-16 which they were getting earlier.

“That though the NDMC in its affidavit has said that in addition to the supply of notebooks, the proposal for providing other writing/stationery materials i.e. pen, pencils, rubber, sharpener etc. in future was also being considered, the things are not clear and therefore, the Director of Education, Govt. of Delhi may be directed to take a decision in this regard so that all students at elementary level both in Govt. and MCDs schools could be benefited”, argued Mr. Agarwal.

Next date of hearing is 25.04.2016.

Ashok Agarwal, Advocate

M. 9811101923

Tel. 011-23070026


Friday, February 5, 2016

Nursery Admission Blues - Delhi High Court Order of 05.02.2016 staying Delhi Government order fixing upper age limit of below 4 years for admission of a child in nursery class

Operative part of the High Court order:

“Consequently, till final disposal of the writ petitions, the impugned order dated 18th December, 2015 is stayed. All children above four years of age who are desirous of seeking admission in pre-school/nursery class in the Academic Session 2016-17 shall be entitled to apply for admission on or before 9th February, 2016 till 4.00 p.m. Respondents are directed to ensure that online applications qua EWS/disadvantageous/differently abled students are accepted. Further, the private schools / government schools are directed to accept hard copies of applications of such children as well as children belonging to general category till the date and time specified hereinabove. Applications already filed by the parents of such wards shall be considered by the schools and their points/marks shall be uploaded on or before 12th February, 2016. This Court may mention that the aforesaid directions have been passed as the last date for displaying first list of candidates is 15th February, 2016 and this Court desires that all the parties adhere to the schedule fixed.”