Delhi gox,t quotes RTE, says 3+ age for pre-school
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Tags : pre-school age, of Education, Delhi
High court, RTE
Posted: Fri Jan 06 2012, 00:36 hrs
New Delhi :
As the nursery admissions rush gains momentum in
the city, Delhi Directorate of Education (DoE) has
defended its position on allowing 3+ as the age for
entry in unaided schools.
According to its affidavit in the Delhi High Court,
the Right To Education (RTE) Act enables the DoE
to allow children above the age of 3 years to be
prepared for the elementary education.
In response to a PIL that has that challenged the
Delhi government's December 16 order, allowing
unaided private schools to go ahead with the
admission of 3+ children in pre-school classes, the
affidavit has stated that pmvisions of the RTE Act
"shows there is a need of pre-school education for
children below 6 years of age" and that the
2009-legislation "nowhere bars schools from
runni ng pre-school classes".
Seeking to defend the notification, the affidavit
contended that it was in sync with all the
constitutional and statutory provisions, particularly
in view of the RTE Act, which asks the government
to prepare children above the age of three years for
elementary education and to provide early
childhood care and education for all children until
they complete the age of six years.
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The petition by Ashok Agarwal, who appeared for NGO Social Jurist, had claimed that the current
admission process that permitted nursery admission of children below four years of age in the city
schools was in breach of the Ganguly Committee recommendations, the affidavit argued that the
decisions by the High Court on its implementation had been challenged in the apex court and
matter was pending there.