The minimum age for nursery admissions in Delhi is set to remain at three years. A special committee set up by the Delhi Directorate of Education (DOE) decided the current system is the best one to follow.
The committee was set up after the Delhi High Court asked the DOE to respond to a public interest litigation that said there was no clarity on the minimum age for admissions to nursery class in the Right to Education Act.
The nine-member committee decided that a child should be a minimum of 3 years old to get admission in nursery class in Delhi. This rule is currently being followed in various schools. The upper age limit is three years, 11 months and 30 days.
The court had asked the DOE to respond on the issue of admission age in nursery as the Right to Education Act only talks about students between the age of six and 14 years. Since nursery admissions does not come under the RTE act, some parents had complained about the lack of clarity.
"The committee decided that three years is the appropriate age for admissions in nursery as a number of schools over the country are following this rule. This is to make sure children in Delhi are on a par with those in the rest of the country," said MS Rawat, principal, Mayur Public School. Rawat is also a member of the committee.
The issue of age was hotly debated as a number of schools feel that three years is too young for a child to go to school. Some schools also give preference to older children.