Agrees to hear plea of schools on January 31
The Supreme Court will hear on January 31 the appeals filed by private schools in the Capital challenging the guidelines issued by Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung denying them 20 per cent management quota and other criteria for admission to nursery schools.
A Bench of Justices H.L. Dattu and S.A. Bobde fixed the date of hearing and said “L- G is not only a good academician but also a good educationist. The private schools take extra fees for admitting student in management quota. Let admissions go on.” A single judge had rejected your plea and the Division Bench also rejected your plea, the Bench told the counsel.
The L-G had issued the guidelines in December last which provided for various steps including abolition of the 20 per cent management quota for the grant of admission and weightage for neighbourhood children. The unaided private schools challenged the January 20 Delhi High Court order directing the Delhi Government to notify the guidelines issued by the L-G and also the date of admission. They prayed for quashing the judgment and an interim stay of its operation.
The High Court had said that the stay of the notification would be detrimental to the interest of children as well as parents seeking admission. It said “We are of the view that appellants (schools) have not been able to satisfy us of any irreparable loss and injury to them from the non-grant of the interim order sought. We are in agreement with the single judge that any interference at this stage would create confusion and would be detrimental to the interest of children as well as parents of the wards who are seeking admission”.