Private schools may get the right to decide the area to which the neighbourhood criterion will apply for nursery admissions for the academic session 2017-18. The government plans to set one kilometre as the minimum distance for the norm. This year the government is planning to make ‘neighbourhood’ or the distance between a child’s home and school as the only criteria for nursery admissions. This move will impact 285 schools and also schools cannot deny admissions to residents of neighbouring areas.
Deputy chief minister and education minister Manish Sisodia told schools that they have to implement the terms of land allotment. But the terms don’t define the limit of neighbourhood. Schools will be free to decide the distance they want to cover under neighbourhood but the minimum distance will be 1 kilometre.
Schools have been asked to send their feedback in a few days over government’s move.