New Delhi: In a setback for private schools, a two judge bench of Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed the petition filed by private schools saying that nursery admissions will be held as per the orders of the Lieutenant Governor.
The new December 18 norms issued by the L-G increased the weightage of the ‘neighbourhood' criteria and did away with the ‘management quota' in admission.
The guidelines had come under sharp criticism from unaided private schools, which complain that their autonomy in the student selection process has been taken away.
The Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government had come out in support of the untested guidelines, saying it was ready to correct and learn from this year's experience.
New norms give 70 out of 100 points to ‘neighbourhood' criteria, giving children living within an 8-km radius of the school a priority in admission.
The High Court had earlier rejected the petition of the private schools to stay Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung's order on nursery admissions.
The petitioners had questioned the power by which Jung issued guidelines for nursery admissions in Delhi.