Edu Deptt grants one time age relaxation for admission in grade 1

Srinagar: School Education Department Thursday granted one time relaxation of six months for admission of students in class 1st.

The information was revealed by directors of school education of both Jammu and Kashmir regions.

The Director School Education Kashmir (DSEK) in a circular said, “Keeping in view the academic interests of the students, the competent authority has decided to grant one time relaxation of the age for six months upto September 2024 for admission in class-1st that is students who shall attain age of 6 years upto September 2024 be also admitted in Class-1st during the forthcoming Academic Session.”

The DSEK said that the heads of all educational institutions including government and recognised private schools shall adhere to the following guidelines in letter and spirit.

“The relaxation to the age limit is a onetime exception and shall remain effective for the forthcoming academic session only,” it reads.

Meanwhile, Director of School Education Jammu in a circular said that it received a number of representations from parents of some students stating that their wards are being denied admission in class 1st by the respective schools for the reason of being less than 06 years of age and hence Ineligible for admission as per the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.

“The Issue has also been projected by some schools. The matter has been examined and it is felt that strict implementation of these provisions will lead to loss of academic year for some students who have already been admitted in pre-primary in the preceding year and therefore the request merits consideration,” it reads.

DSEJ however said that an upper ceiling has to be fixed and the relaxation cannot be unending.

“It has accordingly been decided to gradually Implement the NEP and relax the age criteria for admission to class-1st for the academic session 2024-25, in view of the transition period,” reads the circular.

Besides, DSEJ further said that similar relaxations are being extended by some other states also.

In backdrop of the matter, DSEJ said that It is brought to the notice of all concerned that as a onetime exception, the students who shall be completing six years of age in the next six months upto 30th September 2024 from the start of academic session shall be allowed admission in the first class in the academic session 2024-25—(KNO)



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