Delhi High Court on Tuesday questioned the Delhi government as to why it had issued notification relating to school admissions at the very last moment, thereby "surprising parents and giving them no time to react".
"Why you (Delhi government) issue all notifications in the month of December. Can’t you do prior to this, so that people are well informed in advance," Justice Manmohan said.
He further said that "your last moment decision creates chaos", leading the parents to run to get their kids admitted as they do not get enough time to "decide the future". The parents "should not be taken by surprise at the last moment."
"This is a practical problem. If you had informed them in advance, they could have arranged something," the judge said during the hearing of pleas by three minors, through their counsel Akhil Sachar, challenging the government’s order fixing the maximum age for nursery in private unaided schools at four years.
Accepting their pleas, the court issued notice to the AAP government and asked them to file their reply before February 25 on the pleas which stated that the December 18, 2015 order seeks to do "disservice to children and society by taking away their Right to Education by introducing an age limit for admission to a school".
While fixing the hearing of the matter on February 1, when one similar plea is listed to be taken up, the court asked Delhi government and the schools not to reject the application forms of petitioner here only on ground of upper age limit.
During the hearing, the court said that the notification issued should be such that it can be implemented a year later.
The minors, who would complete three and four years by February, sought quashing of the Delhi government’s decision, saying in case government is allowed to execute the "illegal and arbitrary order" which is in "contravention of the mandatory provisions of law", they will suffer "irreparable harm and injury which cannot be compensated".
As per the notification issued in December 2015 by the Directorate of Education, the upper age limits for admission in pre-school, pre-primary and class-I has been prescribed as four years, five years and six years respectively as on March 31 of the year in which admission is being sought.