Minimum age for admission to Class 1 lowered to 5.5 years in Karnataka

New order effective from this academic year itself, will be applicable for all government, aided and private unaided schools.

Published: 24th May 2018 02:50 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th May 2018 06:59 AM   |  A+A-

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BENGALURU: The age of kids for admission to Class 1 has been revised and lowered to five years and five months from the previous 5.10 years. This will be effective from this academic year.

Though the minimum age is 5 years 10 months as per the Act, the Department of Public Instruction has been amending it to 5 years 5 months every year. Putting a lid on the confusion created by reducing the age limit every year, the department says that this is a permanent order which will be applicable henceforth.

As per the revised order, from here on, the age of the child for admission to Class 1 in schools across the state — including government, aided and private unaided — will be not younger than 5.5 years as on June 1.

"To avoid a disadvantage to those kids who have been admitted to nursery classes even before completing 3.10 years, we took the decision to reduce the age for admission to Class 1 from 5.10 years to 5.5 years," a department official told The New Indian Express.

However, private schools have opposed this decision as it has come at a time when the schools are just about to reopen. The Associated Management of Primary and Secondary Schools in Karnataka has labelled it “double standards” by the department.

In an official communication, the association said, "This is a double standard order as most have been deprived by the relaxation when they had applied earlier under the RTE quota."

This means as the first round of RTE admission process is over with the previous minimum age of 5.10 years, the kids aged 5.5 years as per the new order will be deprived.

From this academic year, the age criteria for admission to first standard is minimum of 5.5 years and a maximum of 7 years.

According to private school managements, the age criteria of 1.5 years bandwidth is nothing but confusing and it is a discrimination between boards as they have different age criteria. These modifications keep changing now and then, causing long-term impact as most admission procedures were based on the old order.

"Despite asking the department to clarify such things earlier, the department relaxes the (admission) age every year at the end and we find these moves are just a conspiracy to encourage admissions in government schools. We demand that the department first fix the age criteria and not to relax the same just a few days before the academic year begins," said D Shashi Kumar, general secretary of the organisation.

However, now with the department passing a permanent order, there is little room for confusion.

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  • swati

    is there a link to the official announcement that we can refer to?
    1 year ago reply
  • Mahantesh Bhavi

    This is very ridiculous. This confusion and burden to parents as well as their children. The people sitting at Govt. office chairs are totally waste. Changing the age criteria every time that is too at start of academic year is rubbish!. There are many parents admitted their child of age range 5 Yrs 6-9 Months for 2018-19 by wasting their child career nearly 6 to 10 months. They again need to re-admit
    1 year ago reply
    • vj

      I agree with you in one and disagree on others. Agree govt should be clear in implementing the rule. Second, does it really matter if your kid gets into 1st standard after one year ?. Do you think if you would have completed your graduation one year earlier that would have made any difference to what and where you are today?
      1 year ago reply
      • Kishore

        One year is a huge time see it the other way round its just like your kid failed and has to retake exams one more year..
        1 year ago reply
      • Rashmi

        Definitely it will make a difference. My daughter is September 2013 born who should have actually be in UKG as per the new age criteria however she is in LKG. And the kids in her class are one year younger to her. My concern why the rules differs in each school. All school should follow the same rules.
        1 year ago reply
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