Delhi government has fixed an upper age limit to be followed by private unaided schools for admission to entry level classes with the maximum age for nursery admissions being set at four years.
“In accordance with the Delhi School Education Acts and Rules (DSEAR) 1973, the minimum age limit for admission in pre-school, pre-primary and class -I are prescribed as 3 years, 4 years and 5 years respectively as on March 31 of the year in which admission is being sought,” an official notification by the Directorate of Education (DoE) said.
“Now, the competent authority has fixed the upper age limit for admission in entry level classes as – 4 years for pre-school, 5 years for pre-primary and 6 years for class I,” it added.
The upper age limit for admission in entry level classes for differently abled children have been decided as 5 years, 6 years and 7 years respectively.
“The heads of the schools are directed to note that the relaxation in upper age limit to children with mental disabilities shall be allowed as a rule and that rejection of an application for admission should be based on valid grounds and a speaking order shall be passed by the principal,” the circular sent to schools said.
Explaining the move, a senior DoE official said, “the lower limit for admission was already fixed at three years, but there was no upper age limit for admission. Logically, it makes sense for children of a particular age group to be in a particular class.”