The Delhi Education Department has decided to keep the minimum age for admission to nursery class as three years, four years for pre-primary/K.G. and five years minimum for Class I in this coming academic year.

The decision was announced following a Delhi School Education Advisory Board meeting on Thursday to review an earlier decision taken regarding fixation of uniform upper age limit for admission of children in pre-school/pre-primary /Class I in recognised unaided schools of Delhi. Another important decision taken at the meeting was that there will be no uniform upper age limit fixed for admission to these classes.

Explaining the decision, State Education Minister Kiran Walia said: “The decision was taken to maintain the status quo for the upcoming academic session so schools should abide by the minimum age of admission in these classes as per previous orders in this regard.”

Stating that there were several representations received to increase minimum age of nursery admissions, she added: “Some schools were of the view that both minimum age and upper age limit need to be reviewed in view of Right to Education Act. However, since the admission cycle is to start in a few days, we cannot change the age related guidelines at this late stage as it would lead to lot of confusion.” For academic year 2014-15, a committee would be formed to look into the issue of age for nursery admission, she added.

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