New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday gave the go-ahead to the existing nursery admission process in the capital's private unaided schools, allowing them to admit children aged three-plus years.
The court ordered that the nursery would continue to be treated as the entry point of education and promotion to kindergarten (KG) for all such schools which have higher classes was valid.
Children admitted at pre-school at the age of 3-plus will get promotion to pre-primary in the next year and for that, they will not have to undergo the admission process all over again.
However, in those schools where there is no pre-school level, it would be pre-primary which would be treated as entry level where admission is to be given to the children at age of 4-plus.
Disposing of the petition of NGO Social Jurist, the court said: "Pre-school is not to be treated as part of formal education and at that stage, education has to be only informal."
The bench also had a view that promotion from nursery to KG and so on was an "integral" part of the "developmental continuum" that a child needs at his early age of education.
At the level of pre-school, curriculum has to be such which should ensure that child gets interested in education when he is to take next step at pre-primary level and thereafter, formal education from class 1.
The court's order came on a plea filed by Social Jurist, against the city government's recent order allowing unaided private schools here to go ahead with the admission of 3-plus toddlers in pre-school (nursery) class.