New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought the city government's stand on a plea for stopping various unaided private schools from admitting children below four years of age in their pre-primary or nursery classes.
A division bench of acting Chief Justice A K Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw issued notice to the Directorate of Education of the Delhi government and also to the committee on unaided schools while seeking their replies by November 23.
"Despite court's orders and directions issued by Education Department of Delhi government, admissions were given at the age of 3+ in nursery class by private schools. Notice to be issued to Delhi government and committee. Reply to be filed by November 23," the bench said.
The petition filed by civil society 'Social Jurist' has accused the city government of not enforcing the court's September 2007 order, which had asked it to implement Ashok Ganguly Committee recommendations.
The Ganguly Committee had fixed four years as the minimum age for admission in a pre-primary classes so that children get prepared for admission to Class I in primary schools after the age of five years and without undergoing more than a year of schooling at pre-primary stage, the petition, filed through advocate Ashok Aggarwal, submitted.
Seeking directions to all unaided private schools to follow an uniform age criteria of 4 plus to admit students in nursery classes, the petition said it is a must to meet the statutory stipulation under Section 16 of Delhi School Education Act, 1973 that no child below five years in age should be admitted in Class I of a recognised school.