For parents, it’s headache twice over. For the child, it’s “formal” school from age 4. For schools, it’s one class wasted.
The Delhi Cabinet on Monday decided that formal school education for children will start only at the age of 4. There can be only one year of education before Class I — to be called pre-primary class. Anything in addition to that will not be considered as part of school education. For Class 1, a child will have to be at least 5 years old as of March 31 of the year admission is sought in.
To the relief of private schools that offer two years of pre-primary education, the Delhi Government has said it will not insist on the closure of nursery classes. But it has also asserted that schools will not be allowed to treat the nursery class (now to be known as pre-school class) as a feeder for the main school. For parents, this means making their child go through the rigours of admission once again.
“Having a pre-school in the same building is a problem. A play school is a very different play space. They have simply changed the name. How has it changed things technically? Parents will have to take a very anxious journey twice,” said Ameeta Wattal, Principal of Springdales School, Pusa Road.
For schools, children as young as 3 would continue going to school, even though their “formal education” can only start from the age of 4. For the past several years, Delhi schools have been taking in children in nursery at age 4. They would reach Class 1 only when 6.