Stay Order on Nursery Admissions Yet Again


Merely a week after the High Court cleared the decks, nursery admissions in Delhi Schools were put on hold again on Friday, 11th April, this time by the Supreme Court. This is due to the renewal bringing another spell of uncertainty of the parents as well as the schools. As per the last week’s High Court’s order, it permitted the resumption process and confirmed those admissions which were selected in round one of draw of lots, after scoring 70 points or more.  A bench of justices H L Dattu and S A Bobde have put a halt on the operation of the High Court’s April 3 interim order directing that those children who applied and were selected in draw of lots for neighbourhood and other categories.

Meanwhile all those children who secured admission in multiple schools were allotted time until 9th April to choose one of the schools, those who sought to avail five points under the inter-state transfer (IST) quota were asked to wait until 16th April, i.e. the next date of hearing. Subsequently, the Supreme Court hasn’t fixed the next date of hearing, the High Court proceedings are likely to be postponed on April 16, thus awaiting the final word from the Apex Court.

Contrary to the SC ruling, Senior Advocate Nidhesh Gupta told the bench that, “the rules of a game cannot be changed once the game has started”. However in the current case, the IST quota was clashed by an order of the Lt. Governor after the selection lists were prepared. In response to the notification issued by the L-G on 27th February, such parents had to vacate the seats allotted to their wards even after they were successful in the draw of lots as per the previous admission guidelines.

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