July 14, 2015

AAP's draft bill bans schools from interviewing kids for nursery admissions

A draft bill submitted to the Aam Aadmi Party government could change the way nursery admission is conducted in the Capital. 
The proposal, drafted by Delhi-based NGO Social Jurist's president Ashok Aggarwal, was submitted to the government on June 29 and suggested barring schools from interviewing a child for pre-primary and preschool, where children are below the age of six, and also his/her parents. The Arvind Kejriwal government is planning to introduce the Delhi School Education (Amendment) Bill 2015, wherein school authorities interviewing a child or parents for admission to nursery class will face an imprisonment of up to 10 years. As per the Right to Education (RTE) Act, no school shall, while admitting a child, subject the child or the parents to any screening procedure. The Act also guarantees free and compulsory elementary quality education to all children aged between 6 and 14.
"There are many schools that flout the RTE rules and conduct personal interviews of children as well as their parents. We have proposed to the government to make the existing rules more stringent so that no school can defy the guidelines," Ashok Aggarwal told Mail Today.
The punishment may vary provided that the court, for any adequate and special reason to be recorded in writing, imposes a sentence of imprisonment for a term, which may be less than five years, it said. There are 1,100 government-run schools and 1,500 private schools in Delhi. "The government shall constitute a committee for the purpose of determination of fee for any standard or course of study in unaided private schools," reads the proposed draft.
Source : http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/aam-aadmi-party-delhi-school-education-bill-2015-right-to-education/1/451125.html