The education department has relaxed age norms by 2 months or admission to LKG and primary school. It had restricted children's age to four years to gain admission to LKG and six years to Class 1, as per the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act-2009. Now, a child can be admitted to LKG even at the age of 3 years 10 months, and to Class 1 at 5 years 10 months.
The recent relaxation, brought in under the Karnataka Education Act 1983, will be applicable from the 2017-18 academic year. The department took this decision, keeping in mind students' mental development. NH Nagur, deputy director for public instruction (DDPI) said the department issued the order to all schools, including government, private aided and unaided, as admissions to the new academic year are to begin. "Every child in the 6 to 14 age group has the right to free and compulsory education under the RTE Act-2009, column 3, but the department has provided 60-day relaxation under the Education Act-1983, rule 20," he said. Read more