Education Ministry Mandates Minimum Age For Grade 1 Admission

Education Ministry Mandates Minimum Age For Grade 1 Admission

The initiative is in accordance with the provisions outlined in the 2009 Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act and the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.

Siksha MUpdated: Sunday, February 25, 2024, 09:00 PM IST
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The Education Ministry has asked all states and Union territories to make sure that starting with the 2024–25 school year, the minimum age requirement for admission to Grade 1 is six years old.

The initiative is in accordance with the provisions outlined in the 2009 Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act and the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.

"I am writing to draw your attention to the Department's DO letter No. 9-2/20- IS-3 dated 31.03.2021 and the subsequent DO letter of the same number dated February 9, 2023 (copies enclosed)", stated the secretary of the Ministry of Education in a letter. The letter urged all states and union territories to guarantee that admission to Grade I is for children who are at least six years old, in line with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 and the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009.

The commencement of new admissions for the academic year 2024-2025 is expected. The communication mentioned that the minimum age requirement for Grade-1 admission in your State/UT is now 6 years and above.

The secretary gave the relevant officials instructions to investigate, verify compliance, and communicate the order's implementation status.

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