Blow to AAP Government, Delhi HC asks to improve public schools before interfering in private schools

Since the AAP government has come to power in Delhi, it has always been in controversy. While the government has been observing numerous attempts to rectify loopholes in the education system (read here : New education bills approved by Delhi Cabinet), another hurdle came when Delhi High Court asked the government to set its own house in order before meddling in functioning of private schools.

delhi high court asks government to improve public schools
Government schools have always faced scarcity of facilities and thus High Court has ordered government to improve these schools first

After the issuance of January 6 order scrapping 62 criteria, including management quota, for nursery admissions, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the management quota gave way to backdoor entry and referred to it as ‘biggest scam in education’. Supporting it, Khagesh Jha, lawyer-cum activist, said “Management quota is mother of all evils. It should definitely be scrapped. We are with the Kejriwal government in trying to scrap the quota.”

On the other hand the bench of Justice Manmohan observed that the Delhi government is trying to take away the autonomy of private schools. “One major reason for all this is the poor state of public school. No one is addressing that issue. Those people who can’t administer a public school are trying to take over admissions of private schools. Please set your house in order. Then there would be no reason for people to rush to private school,” he said.

“The government cannot take our right to include management quota in the admission process. The schools need the quota as there are many people that schools have to oblige,” said Delhi State Public School’s Management Association, RC Jain.

“Many important people including government officers and bureaucrats come asking for a seat for their children and we have to oblige them. If we don’t have a management quota, how we are going to do it? Anyway the quota is just 20% apart from the 25% EWS, rest of the seats are available for general category,” he added.

Read more : Delhi High Court scraps quota in Sanskriti School

Now High Court issued notices on two writ petition forwarded by private school seeking quashing of January 6 order. The court clarified that parents could continue to fill out application form as per the criteria uploaded on the website by the schools. However, “scrutiny of applications would be subject to final orders” in the petitions by Forum for promotion of Quality Education and Action committee of unaided recognized private schools.

The judgment devised by the Lieutenant Governor on November 28, 2014, to strike down the point system of nursery admission, has also pointed out. The court asked the government to file its report in a week and next hearing is on January 28.

Read here : Private schools cannot hike tuition fee without approval from DDA

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