Uniform admission policy for nursery, KG soon: Maharashtra education department

Thursday, 5 December 2013 - 9:50am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

After getting representation from CBSE and ICSE schools about the admission process, the state education department is working out new directives for all schools which will be announced in three days.

The department has said no school can conduct admissions for the next academic year before April 2014.  It said the rule will apply to class I and pre-primary section admissions. Though the rule has been in place for two years, schools have not been following it. Most schools begin admissions as early as September and seats are filled by the year-end, leaving parents of many kids in the lurch.

However, CBSE and ICSE schools begin their academic year in April – earlier than state education board schools. So, they start admissions about four months before the academic year.

This idea is adopted by state board schools whose academic year starts in June.

School education minister Rajendra Darda told dna, “A representation from CBSE and ICSE schools has asked that admission directives be changed as their academic year starts earlier than state board schools. We’re considering their views and will come up with a new policy suitable for all boards. The new directives will be announced in three days.”

Experts say Delhi boards can start their admissions a month before the academic year. “There is no need to conduct admissions more than six months before the start of the academic year,” said a senior official from the education department.

Arundhati Chavan, president, PTA United Forum, welcomed the decision. “Admission policy must be uniform for all schools,” she said.

Change in rules for admission
The state education department is considering views of CBSE and ICSE schools which have sought a change in admission directives. The department will come up with new directives which will be announced in three days.

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