||This article is aimed at flagging two inter-related issues that are significant in the context of defining appropriate entry age for primary education. The first one is about the need for stabilization of school entry age at primary stage in the country in accordance with Article 21A on right to education (86th Constitutional Amendment Act, 2002) that assumes class I age as 6 years. Second issue pertains to the State’s responsibility for provision of ECCE in the country.
Using DISE data on underage children enrolled in class I, this paper discusses the said issues for planning of primary and pre-primary education in the country. The author argues for a need to have a standard primary entry age in the country which will not only give rise to homogenous age cohorts and facilitate evolving of age-grade correspondence at primary and beyond, is also likely to boost planning of ECCE by fixing the exit age.