Revoke quota decision, say schools

 Private school associations have written to the state Education Department, asking it to revoke its recent decision of scrapping management quota for nursery admissions in the city.

In the letter sent to the Directorate of Education (DoE) on Tuesday, the Action Committee for Unaided Private Schools in Delhi, said the order is “beyond the jurisdiction” of the department.

“We should have autonomy in this area. The action committee has already advised schools not to fix arbitrary criteria and the DoE can any time take action against those discriminating on various grounds, but we should have the autonomy,” said S K Bhattacharya, president of the committee.  The committee is planning to file a writ petition on the issue in the High Court.

According to the committee’s lawyer Kamal Gupta, the decision is beyond the government’s jurisdiction because there is already an order passed in 2007 by the then LG allowing schools a 20 per cent management quota and devise their own criteria, and a similar notification to do away with management quota was quashed by the High Court in 2013.

“Then, how can they bring out a same order again?” he said.  The committee had moved Delhi High Court in 2014 after Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung notified the scrapping of quota then.

A single bench had then granted autonomy to the schools to decide the quotas.
Following this the government had challenged the judgment seeking a stay before a division bench. The next hearing in that matter will be on January 21.

“It is a vindictive and malafide exercise. The decision came after some schools refused to give buses for the odd-even scheme. We will file a separate writ petition in this connection,” Gupta said.

Meanwhile, confusion prevails among parents on the schools’ future course of action. While some schools have toed the government’s line by scrapping management quota and revising their criteria, most are continuing with the process in its earlier format only.

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