AAP government today suffered another setback when Delhi High Court stayed its decision to scrap two more criteria, besides the management quota and 11 other norms, for nursery admissions in private unaided schools in the capital.
“Till further order of this court, criteria 2 and 24 are stayed” Justice Manmohan said, adding that the main petitions were yet to be heard on merits.
The two criteria stayed today relate to admissions to children of parents having inter-state transferable jobs and government employees.
The court had on February 4 stayed 11 of the 62 other criteria including those relating to the proven track records of parents, their proficiency in music or sports, their empirical achievements, the gender of the child and whether the kid was the first-born or adopted.
Granting interim relief to Sanskriti School which had moved the court seeking quashing of Delhi government’s January 6 circular, the court issued notice to the government’s education department and tagged their petition with the pleas filed by Action Committee Unaided Recognised Private Schools and Forum for Promotion of Quality Education For All.
The associations have also sought quashing of the decision to scrap management and all other quota, except for EWS in Delhi’s private unaided schools for nursery admissions.
The court also asked the AAP government to file their response by March 14, when it will take up all the matter.
The court order came on the plea of Sanskrit Schoola, which through its counsel Ramesh Singh submitted that they do not fit in the 11 criteria, which was already stayed by the court.
On February 16, the division bench had also upheld its single judge order staying AAP government’s decision to scrap management quota as well as 11 other criteria for admissions.
The division bench had concurred with the findings of its single judge’s February 4 interim order, saying the judge was justified in arriving at a prima facie conclusion that the DoE order of January 6 was without the authority of law.
AAP government had approached the division bench against single judge’s February 4 order.