Indian Ministry of Education fixes 6 years as minimum age for admission to schools from 2024-25

Ministry of Education Sets New Age Requirement for School Admission at Six Years

In a recent announcement, the Ministry of Education has mandated a minimum age of six years for school admissions. A statement released on February 15 directed all Indian state governments and Union Territories to adhere to this age requirement for grade 1 admissions in the upcoming 2024-25 academic session. This directive aligns with the provisions outlined in the New Education Policy (NEP) of 2020 and the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009.

The statement highlights the commencement of the 2024-25 academic session, prompting new admissions. States and Union Territories are expected to have adjusted the admission age to over six years accordingly.

As per NEP 2020, the foundational stage encompasses five years of learning opportunities for children aged 3 to 8 years. This period includes three years of preschool education, followed by grades 1 and 2.


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