||This article is about the latest judgment of the Delhi High Court that puts to rest the debate that had been raging on the issue of entry age for pre-primary education. The verdict assumes special significance as it holds the development issues of young children paramount and is a savior particularly for three-year olds whose health concerns too have been addressed.
At last, the Delhi High Court put to rest the recent debate that had been raging on the issue of deciphering right age for school entry. On 7 March, 2007, the Hon’ble High Court ordered that admission to school shall take place at the age of FOUR years and above. The judgment held that a child completing the age of four years on or before 31 March of the said academic year will be eligible for admission to the pre-primary class. The Order also clarified that pre-primary education will be of one year duration only.
The Order stands to resolve three important dimensions of pre-primary education in school – the entry age, admission cut off date and the duration of pre-primary education. As an interim decision, this may still be just in time for admission in the ensuing session of 2007-08 and is likely to be hailed by all, particularly by parents as the verdict is in the best interest of the child.