The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has issued guidelines to put an end to the confusion surrounding the age limit for admissions into class 1.
It has been clarified that a child must have attained six years of age at the start of the academic year (for RTE quota), that a child must have attained the age of 5 years and ten months on the first day of the start of the academic year (for RTE quota) and that a child that has attained 5 years can be admitted into class 1 by parents through voluntary admission (non-RTE quota).
The department has reiterated that schools cannot reject applications on the pretext that a child does not have a birth certificate. Parents can provide a self-declaration stating the child’s age to secure admission.
The guideline, however, has been made public three days after the last date (February 19) for parents to apply for seats under the 25 per cent RTE quota.