Nursery admissions not within purview of RTE Act: Tharoor
As per the Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor, the Right to Education (RTE) does not apply to nursery admissions.
The RTE doesn’t apply to nursery admissions as the law specifies 8 years of compulsory schooling from the age of 6 to 14. Nursery children are younger than the minimum age.
There has been confusion on whether the right to education applies to nursery admissions as Right to Education Act stipulates that a child b/w the age group of 6 to 14 would be covered under the legislation.
The government has permitted unaided private schools to devise their own criteria for nursery admissions. However, it has been challenged in the Delhi High Court through a petition.
- RTE criteria otherwise are applicable to private schools as well.