In a news that is bound to make most sarkari babus in the capital unhappy, the Delhi High Court on Friday struck down the reservation for the children of bureaucrats in the elite Sanskriti School.
The decision, made by the division bench of Justices Pradeep Nandrajog and Mukta Gupta, said that the school had been built on land owned by the state government and will thus have to 'partake the character of the State' -- meaning that the school shall adhere to the common school system, prioritising equality and social justice at basic education level, said an article in The Telegraph.
At present, Sanskriti School has 60 per cent of seats reserved for the children of group-A officers, 10 per cent for general public, 5 per cent for staff and 25 per cent for children under the category of Economically Weaker Section.
According to the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) association, which runs the school, the present arrangement was created to 'help officers with transferable jobs'.
Stating that the reservation arrangement was not only bad for the children of the economically weaker section, but also for the children of the privileged, the bench warned, "...By segregating their children, such privileged parents prevent them from sharing the life and experience of the poor and coming into contact with the realities of life and also render the education of their own children anaemic and incomplete," said a report in The Times of India.
DNA reported that the court also invoked a case involving segregation of white and African-American students in a school in the US and said that, "The very labelling of the school in question as a school for Group-A Union government officers along with the fact that the school reserves 60 per cent of its seats for (them), posits such children as 'separate' from other students."
Happy with the court ruling, many parents are now looking forward to seeing their children go to the Sanskriti School.
“I have to admit my child in nursery from this year. With this judgement I have some hope that she would be able to get through Sanskriti. This judgement is a step towards ensuring equality,” Atharv Goel, a computer engineer told the Hindustan Times.
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