According to the latest recommendations made by the state’s education department, six years would be the uniform age for admissions of any children in Class I to all the schools across the state, irrespective of the fact that whichever board they belong to. The debate over deciding the age of the children for admissions were long-standing and if these recommendations are taken into effect, it would resolute the matter completely. However this change could only be implemented after two years.
The recommendations came forward through discussions in the committee that was formed by the state government’s school education department and the interest of all the shareholders were kept in mind while discussing over the possible recommendations to be made. This recommendation for setting the age to six for admission in Class I is being forwarded for further approval.
The decision to form a committee over the issue of admissions come forward while there occurred a problem in online admissions for the 25 percent seats that were reserved under RTE, earlier this year. The state board schools take in five year as their entry age for Class I, the state-run online admissions under RTE allowed them to get seats in School while CBSE which consider six years to be the age for entry level admission in Class I couldn’t do the same and thus refused to accept these admissions. It was thus decided to form a committee to look after the matter under the chairmanship of Mahavir Mane, Director of the Primary Education Department.
Though there are actions that are taken to set the age for children in the schools, it should also be set in the kindergartens as well to decide the minimum age of children to rope into any play schools or such organizations.
Commissioner of education S Chokalingam said, "All recommendations have been made keeping in mind the Right to Education Act. But these cannot be implemented next year, because this academic year, five years of age was considered as valid for admission to Class I. If we make it six years next year, no one will apply — all those who are six years old will already be in the schools. This change will be implemented slowly."