Delhi High Court stays management quota in Nursery admissions

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AAP government had recently ordered to scrap management quota in nursery admissions

The decision of AAP government received a serious blow when Delhi Court ordered the management quota in nursery admission will stay. Previously, the Delhi government had ordered all private unaided schools to scrap management quota along with 61 criteria by saying it a ‘hub of corruption’. High Court has also ordered stay on AAP government’s rule to fix upper age limit for nursery admissions.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said these were unfair, unreasonable and non-transparent. Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia backed this decision by saying private schools are running admission rackets beneath the veil of management quota.

But all private unaided schools opposed this decision with writ petitions to scrapping the government order. Delhi Court responded in a positive way by saying that the government can’t interfere with the functioning of the private schools. Now the Delhi Court has allowed the private unaided schools to admit children to the nursery classes under the management quota.

Also, the court said the Delhi government’s decision prima facie violated an order of the Lieutenant-Governor passed in 2007. According to this, the government could not abolish the management quota simply by passing an office order.

“Rule 145 of (Delhi School of Education) rules, 1973, states that the head of every recognized unaided school shall regulate admission in their school. Consequently, it was held that private unaided schools have maximum autonomy in day-to-day administration, including the right to admit students,” said the bench of Justice Manmohan.

Responding this decision of the court, Manish Sisodia tweeted, “Facilitating good education for students in Delhi is the responsibility of the government. We will appeal against the HC order.” “We respect the court’s decision but the fight of transparency in the functioning of private schools will continue,” he added.

Also, Sisodia had submitted a list of documents and evidence to the high court with the proof that some private schools asked for money to admit students.

Keeping in mind of the government’s words of corruption, Justice Manmohan said any alleged malpractice in the utilization of the management quota such as the sale of seats should be investigated and taken to its logical conclusion in accordance with the law, but it could not be a reason to abolish the quota.

After this order, private schools can admit students under the 11 criteria of the management quota such as firstborn, twins, adopted child, parents with proficiency in music, sports, national awardees, etc.

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