New Delhi: The Centre on Wednesday informed the Delhi High Court that the Right to Education (RTE) Act is not applicable to nursery admissions and the state government can make its own policies for such admissions.
Appearing in the court, Additional Solicitor General Rajeev Mehra told the court that as per section 13 of the RTE Act, only those children aged between 6 and 14 years fall under this act.

A division bench of Chief Justice D Murugesan and Justice V K Jain reserved its order after going through the reply filed by the Centre.

In the reply, Vikram Sahay, Director of HRD Ministry informed the court that schools have to reserve 25 percent of the total class strength for the children belonging to weaker sections of the society. The schools will have to provide free education to these children until they pass out higher secondary.

Notably, A PIL in this regard was filed by the Social Jurist Association. The petitioner alleged that each private school follow their own criteria for the nursery admissions which further leads to confusion. The parents consequently fail to book a berth in school for their children.

The PIL seeks courts’ intervention into the matter so that the government issues specific directions to schools so that the arbitrary nursery admissions can be prevented.


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