The upper age limit for admissions to nursery in private unaided schools has been fixed by the Delhi government at four years.
The Directorate of Education (DOE) has issued a circular in this regard and said, “Now, the competent authority has fixed the upper age limit for admission in entry level classes as — four years for pre-school, five years for pre-primary and six years for Class I.”
DOE said that 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 three years, four years and five years respectively as on March 31 of the year in which admission is being sought.
The upper age limit for admission in entry-level classes for differently abled children has been decided as 5 years, 6 years and 7 years respectively, DOE said.
“It was being deliberated upon for long. This will leave no ambiguity in the admission process,” said Padmini Singla, director DOE.
DOE has directed all school heads 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.
Ashok K Pandey, chairman National Progressive Schools’ Conference (NPSC) welcome the move and said, “This decision will put a lot of regularity in the system. Earlier children much older were also getting admitted in nursery. It is a well thought system.”
Admission forms will be available from January 1 and the last date of submission of application form in schools will be January 22. The first list of selected candidates, including the waitlist, along with marks allotted under point system will be announced on February 15. The second list, if any, will come out on February 29 and the admission process will close on March 31.
DoE has also asked private, unaided recognised schools to not process the admission of Economically Weaker Section/Disadvantaged Group category students manually as the department is in the process of developing a module for online admission under the category.