Delhi High Court disposes of plea to disallow nursery admissions after AAP govt agrees to consider representation on the issue

Delhi government submitted that the petition was premature as the authorities were yet to issue any guidelines in connection with nursery/entry-level admissions.
Delhi High Court disposes of plea to disallow nursery admissions after AAP govt agrees to consider representation on the issue
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The Delhi High Court today disposed of a petition to disallow nursery admissions in the upcoming academic year after the Aam Aadmi Party Government stated that it will consider a representation on the issue at the time of framing of guidelines or taking any decision on entry-level admissions. (Rajat Vats vs GNCTD)

The Court is not expressing any opinion on the merits of the petition, a Single Judge Bench of Justice Prateek Jalan clarified.

The Court was hearing a petition by Advocate Rajat Vats who claimed that no purpose would be served by allowing nursery admissions for the year 2021-2022.

As per the petitioner, the purpose of nursery education was making child familiar with the school and its environment, and the same could not be achieved by way of online classes.

Physical opening of schools also cannot be allowed on account of COVID-19 and its new strains, the petition submitted.

Standing counsel for Delhi government, Advocate Ramesh Singh, however, submitted that the petition was premature as the authorities were yet to issue any guidelines in connection with nursery/entry-level admissions.

"Let me issue a guideline. Guidelines have to come in.. I am yet to issue them.", he said.

He added that the authorities would take 2-3 weeks to take a decision on nursery/entry-level admissions and issue guidelines.

In view of Delhi government's stand, the petitioner-in-person thus sought a direction to the schools to stop issuing forms for nursery admissions.

While Singh stated that such distribution could not happen in the absence of guidelines, the Court observed that no such stay could be granted in the absence of the schools as parties to the petition.

"You are a counsel-in-person. Do not make submissions that are absurd.. You do what you want to.", the Court remarked.

The petition was ultimately disposed of in view of Delhi government's stand that the petitioner's representation/opinion shall be considered by the authorities at the time of framing of guidelines or taking any decision.

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