Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Delhi private schools fume: ‘Decision unacceptable, this is vendetta by govt’

Lashing out at the government’s decision to scrap 62 criterion for nursery admissions as well as the management quota, private schools Wednesday accused it of acting out of “‘vendetta” and said such a move will only cause panic. Questioning the timing of the decision, Delhi Public Schools Management Association president R C Jain said, “This is vendetta on the part of the government because the schools refused to provide them with DTC buses during the odd-even scheme”. “The schools had submitted all the criteria by December 31. If the government had a problem, it could have informed us earlier..this is again going to put the whole system out of gear,” he added. 

“As far as the management quota is concerned, the matter is still in court. The courts have repeatedly given a decision in favour of schools..We fail to understand why the government had to do this when the process is underway..It will only create panic,” said Ashok Pandey, chairman, National Progressive Schools Conference. The National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA) also spoke up against the move. “Instead of improving the quality of education in government schools, the government is constantly targeting private schools. The move is not acceptable… it’s going to create confusion among parents as the admission procedure is already on,” said Amit Chandra from NISA. Meanwhile, some activists hailed the government’s decision but wondered if the move could be justified in a court of law. “All these processes should have been completed before the admission process started because a change midway will trigger panic…,” said Khagesh Jha, an advocate in the Delhi High Court.

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