It seems that parents in the Capital favour four years as the ideal age for admission to nursery.
In an online survey conducted by admissionsnursery.com, the biggest forum for parents to discuss nursery admissions, 65.5% said the minimum age of admission should be four years, 18% said 3.5 years, while the rest felt it should be three years.
Currently, three-year-old kids get admitted to nursery. Earlier, the high court had admitted a PIL, regarding the minimum age for nursery admissions, by social jurist Ashok Aggarwal. It has sought a reply from the Delhi government on November 23.
In the past, managements of various schools have said, three years is too young for a child to be in school. Reasons cited are lack of toilet training, strong separation anxiety and lack of comprehension.
However, a few days ago, education minister Arvinder Singh said the admission criteria would remain the same and students would be admitted at the age of three years.
One of the respondents of the survey, Deepika Malhotra said, “Three years is too young. It is the time for them to learn, while playing rather than sit for exams.”