The Lt. Governor of Delhi
Raj Niwas, Raj Niwas Marg
Subject: Suggestions for Nursery Admission Criteria for 2015-16 for unaided private schools in Delhi
At the outset, we are grateful to you, Sir, for bringing the nursery admission criteria by December 2013 notification for the year 2014-15 which was not only child centric but also a long way measure to check commercialization of education in unaided private schools. We have no doubt in saying that the same has done justice to the children who were always left out earlier even from consideration for admission due to the prevalence of anti-child, arbitrary and discriminatory admission criteria formulated by the unaided private schools.
We understand that you are in the process of revising the present criteria for the academic session 2015-16. We also understand that the school management lobby is putting lot of pressure on you to grant them 20% management quota in the admission. This quota has always been misused by the schools and it is a major source of corruption in admission to private schools. In any case, the same is discriminatory, arbitrary, against public interest and opposed to public policy and you had rightly abolished the same in the 2014-15 admission criteria. We therefore demand and expect that there will be no management quota in the forthcoming nursery admission criteria 2015-16 also.
It is respectfully submitted that any criteria, other than the neighbourhood criteria and draw of lots would be arbitrary and discriminatory and is not acceptable. Such a criteria would also be not child centric and against the various judicial pronouncements. It is well known fact that these schools have been abusing their autonomy purely for commercial interests.
It is also submitted that the past experience also reveals that the criteria solely based on neighbourhood and draw of lots principles would be in the spirit of the provisions of Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 as well as in tune with the orders having been passed by the honourable Delhi High Court from time to time on this issue. Here, I would like to draw your kind attention to an order of 2005 passed by honourable Delhi High Court observing that the admission criteria should be uniform, transparent and to curb the discretion of the school management in the matter of admission.
We therefore request you to kindly consider the above submissions while deciding the nursery admission criteria for the year 2015-16.
Ashok Agarwal, Advocate
National President, AIPA
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