New Delhi, December 1: The Delhi High Court Friday quashed the Lt. governor's guidelines last year on nursery admissions in the national capital, saying it was a "violation of the fundamental rights of the school management". The judgment was welcomed by various schools.
Justice Manmohan quashed the guidelines issued by Lt. Gov. Najeeb Jung Dececember last year which mean neighborhood, sibling, and alumni criteria set by the notification will go, and unaided private schools can now set their own criteria as per the 2007 Ganguly committee guidelines.
The court said that the guidelines by the government will be violative of fundamental right of school management to maximum autonomy in day-to-day administration including the right to admit students. "Government cannot impose a strait jacket formula of admission upon the schools under the guise of reasonable restriction and that too, without any authority of law," it said.
Reacting to the judgment, Madhulika Sen, principal, Tagore International School, Vasant Vihar, said that private schools have got justice and they will now have autonomy. "Finally we have got justice because it was very important for private schools to have autonomy. We have an open and transparent process and have been doing our job with honestly and int egrity," Sen told IANS. "We would be focusing on sibling cases because it will make commuting easier for children. The most favourable thing for any parent would be to send all their children to one school. Parents should have the right to choose the school and I believe this judgment suits everyone," she said.
Kiran Mehta, principal, Salwan Public School, Mayur Vihar, said that the school would be following the rules laid by the education department, "but we would be changing one or two rules that are n ot that feasible to follow". "We would be having a meeting to decide what we would like to change so that it benefits students and parents," Mehta told IANS.