The government’s proposal to raise the minimum age for nursery admissions from three to four years in Delhi may have drawn huge appreciation, but experts apprehend the move will act as a catalyst for play school business in the capital.
In Delhi, there are more than 250 play schools, most of which go unchecked as they don’t require any government permission to operate. These institutions take in children over the age of two.
Experts believe, if the age limit for nursery schooling is increased, parents will have to keep their wards in the play schools for another year till they are eligible for nursery admission.
This may lead to booming of private institutions offering pre-nursery schooling, says Ashok Ganguly, former chairperson of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), who headed a committee that devised the current points system for nursery admission in the national capital.
“Unless the duration of pre-primary schooling is fixed up, you cannot do justice to a child by just increasing the age limit for nursery admission,” Ganguly told PTI.
“We have made it very clear (in Ganguly Committee Report 2006) that there should be one-year of pre-nursery schooling and it has to be made uniform across the board. Otherwise, it is not going to solve the problem,” he said.