Guidelines on nursery admissions on Wednesday

The parameters will be made considering Right to Education


Jasleen Kaur | December 13, 2010

The Delhi government will announce the guidelines for nursery admissions on Wednesday.

Education minister Arvinder Singh Lovely said on Monday that the all criteria for admissions will take the right to education (RTE) in to account, following a meeting with with chief minister Sheila Dikshit.

"We will ensure that the RTE is implemented in the right spirit," Lovely said.

The much awaited nursery admissions guidelines will now be formally announced on Wednesday.

The minister sought to address parents' concerns by saying that the outcome will not harass parents and their wards. The schools are also to be notified on Wednesday of the new guiidelines.

Underscoring one of the major concerns of more parents - the random selection under RTE - no clarifications on the lottery system was offered by the minister. However, following a meeting with the chief minister and Lovely last week, representatives of the management of private schools had said that the chief minister was not in favour of the lottery system.

Until last year, schools followed a point system introduced in 2007 on the recommendation of the Ganguly committee. A nursery candidate was awarded points on different parameters like distance of residence from school, siblings who were alumni, linguistic and religious minorities, parents' qualification and occupation.

But the right to education encompasses an obligation to eliminate discrimination at all levels of the system and screening of any kind is prohibited.

This has resulted in anxiety and confusion for the parents which should end on Wednesday, as assured by the minister.



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