New Delhi: The Delhi government will hold a meeting on Monday with land-owning agencies and private school associations to discuss the criteria for nursery admissions. Suggested by the lieutenant governor, the exercise has been prompted by a high court case on admissions in schools on government land.

The stakeholders invited for the meeting include Delhi Development Authority; departments of education, land and building; Land and Development Office of the urban development ministry; Action Committee for Recognised, Unaided Public Schools; National Progressive Schools Conference; and Justice for All, which filed the petition.

The LG’s note-sheet states that there are about 1,700 private unaided schools in the city, of which about 400 are on land allotted by government agencies. The Justice for All petition accuses Delhi government of not implementing the allotment conditions, including ones related to admission.

 
The allotment letters of some of these — about 285 — have conditions that say they need to admit students from the “locality” or “neighbourhood.”

Statements from the government suggesting they’re considering a uniform policy with only distance from schools as criterion have added to the confusion. The court case is over only the schools that are on public land.

 
“This meeting is only for schools on government land. The Supreme Court has decided that admission has to be on the basis of neighbourhood,” said lawyer-activist Khagesh Jha, who filed the petition.

Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com