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School Education Department Grants Age Relaxation in Admissions For Class

The School Education Department has announced a one-time age relaxation of six months for admission to Class 1st. This decision, revealed by directors of school education in both Jammu and Kashmir regions, aims to address concerns raised by parents and schools regarding the strict age criteria outlined in the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.

According to the circular issued by the Director of School Education Kashmir (DSEK), students who turn six years old by September 2024 will be eligible for admission to Class 1st in the upcoming academic session. This relaxation is seen as crucial to prevent the loss of academic opportunities for students who have completed pre-primary education in the previous year.

While emphasizing that this relaxation is a one-time exception, the circular highlights the importance of adhering to guidelines set forth by educational institutions, both government and private. The decision reflects a balance between the NEP guidelines and the practical concerns raised by stakeholders.

The Director of School Education Jammu (DSEJ) also acknowledged the need for a transitional period in implementing the NEP and expressed a similar sentiment towards age criteria relaxation. However, it emphasized the necessity of eventually adhering to the NEP guidelines while acknowledging similar relaxations being implemented by other states.

DSEJ outlined a gradual implementation approach for the NEP, recognizing the complexities involved in transitioning to the new policy framework. The announcement underscores the department’s commitment to ensuring inclusive access to education while maintaining academic standards.

In light of these developments, educational institutions are urged to facilitate the smooth admission process for eligible students within the specified age criteria. This decision reflects a pragmatic approach towards educational policy implementation, prioritizing the academic interests of students while addressing practical challenges faced by schools and parents.

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