School drops upper age criteria for nursery admission

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SummaryDepartment of Education fixed 3 yrs as lower age, but barred schools from fixing upper age cap.

A city-based private school on Friday told the Delhi High Court that it has deleted a clause from its admission brochure that fixed four years as upper age limit for toddlers' admission in nursery class.

Justice G S Sistani, who was hearing the plea of a toddler's father against fixation of upper age for nursery admission, later disposed of his application after an official from Sachdeva Public School of Rohini in North West Delhi told the court that the clause has been dropped.

In its brochure, the school had stipulated that children, who have turned three but have not crossed the four-year age limit on March 31, 2013, the cut-off date for receipt of application forms, would be entitled for admission in nursery, the plea, filed through advocate Ashok Agarwal, had said.

The plea had said the clause was not in conformity with a Department of Education notification which fixed 3 years as lower age for admission, but "categorically" barred schools from fixing any "upper age cap".

The school official told the court that the clause will not be in force now and the administration would accept nursery admission forms of those kids who have crossed four years.

The petition was filed by Pankaj Kumar, a driver, alleging that the school has refused to accept the admission application form his son on the ground that he would be over four years of age on March 31, the cut-off date for receipt of forms.

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