The Delhi High Court Thursday issued a stay on the Delhi governments order to abolish management quota in nursery admissions in private unaided schools, while observing that the order was prima facie (at the first glance) without any authority.
This leaves schools free to create their own admission criteria for this year. However, the court clarified that the January 6 order of the Directorate of Education (DoE) has not been struck down and merely been stayed till final disposal of the petition.
It also stayed the Delhi governments January 6 order with regard to 11 other admission criteria, including issues like proven track record of parents during admission of their children, music and sports, that were also scrapped.
Justice Manmohan in his interim order said that the governments January 6 decision was also in contravention of the Lieutenant Governor's 2007 order on nursery admissions in private unaided schools.
He said the autonomy of private unaided schools with regard to nursery admissions cannot be restricted by an office order and has to be done under the law.
The court, however, added that if there were any malpractices with regard to nursery admission criteria in private unaided schools, then they should be investigated and taken to their logical conclusion.
In an earlier hearing, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had defended his government's decision to scrap the quota criteria, alleging that private unaided schools in the national capital had become a "hub of corruption" as they were running "admission rackets" under the garb of management quota.