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Government Mandates Minimum Age of Six for Grade 1 Admissions in 2024–25 Academic Year


Government Mandates Minimum Age of Six for Grade 1 Admissions in 2024–25 Academic Year


In the academic year 2024–25, the central government has directed all states and Union territories to ensure that children seeking admission to Class 1 meet the minimum age requirement of six years. This mandate, aligned with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 and the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009, was reiterated by the Ministry of Education in a notice dated February 15, 2024. Addressed to all states and Union Territories, the notice urged compliance with the directive in the upcoming academic session.

As the 2024-25 session approaches, with new admissions on the horizon, the Ministry emphasized that the age requirement for Grade 1 admission is now set at 6+. This directive follows a previous statement from the Ministry in February of the preceding year, instructing all states and Union territories to implement the six-year minimum entry age stipulated in the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.

The National Education Policy 2020 defines the foundational stage, spanning five years and offering learning opportunities for children aged three to eight. This includes three years of preschool education, followed by Classes 1 and 2. By ensuring that every child attains a certain level of emotional, social, and cognitive development before entering formal schooling, this guideline promotes equity. The Ministry of Education has stressed the importance of consistency and nationwide adherence to NEP rules by directing states and Union Territories to implement this age limit through official communication.


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