The Delhi High Court has issued notice to the central government on a plea seeking directions to the state government and civic agencies to start two years of pre-primary classes in their formal schools.
A bench of Acting Chief Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw issued notice Wednesday to the union human resource development (HRD) ministry and the social justice and empowerment ministry on a petition filed by NGO Social Jurist.
Social Jurist’s counsel Ashok Agarwal urged the court to direct the Delhi government to introduce two years of pre-primary classes in all state-run schools.
Agarwal told the court that there was a need for a uniform system of education in private and government schools.
“Almost all private schools have two years of pre-primary classes where children above three years of age are admitted but in case of the state-run schools, no such provisions are there,” counsel said.
He added that the children of poor families also deserved schooling at an early age of three years.
Agarwal said that the high court earlier issued notices to the Delhi government and the civic agencies in Delhi to file their response.
“Civic agency officials said that they followed the policy of the Delhi government in the matter of education. The Delhi government sought more time to file its response,” Agarwal said.