School entry age will remain five this year: minister
The school entrance age will remain at five this school year, General Education Minister V. Sivankutty said. Referring to the ambiguity over the minimum age for admission, the minister said there was some disparity in the age of admission, with some schools admitting pupils in class 1 at the age of six . Kerala had admitted pupils in class 1 to five years. This would continue this year. The government will provide clarification on the matter based on the report of the Khader committee during the next academic year, he said. The Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan has set the minimum age of six on March 31 this year for admission to Class 1 in the 2022-23 academic year. On students turned down by Kendriya Vidyalayas at the time of admission because they did not meet the prescribed age criteria, Director of General Education Jeevan Babu K. said that matters regarding the matter are heard by the courts and that the government would make a decision on the basis of the verdict concerning them. Officials say any move to six years cannot be implemented all at once in public schools because no student will be admitted to Class 1 due to ineligibility. This will also result in no class 2 batch the following year, class 3 the following year, and so on for the next 10 years. It’s a systemic problem, they say. KVS’s decision to set the admission age at six is in line with the National Education Policy (NEP), in line with admissions guidelines for the upcoming academic year. The NEP establishes a five-year structure for the foundation stage, with three years of anganwadi or pre-school beginning at age three followed by two years of primary grades. However, the state government had, ten years ago, ordered that, in the interest of parity and uniformity, the age of admission to all schools in the state be set at five years. No new notification regarding the age change has been released.