V Sivankutty | Photo: MP Unnikrishnan
Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala general education minister V Sivankutty said the minimum age for admission to class one would remain five years in the state.
For decades, we have followed a general convention to admit students to first grade when they turn five. Enrollment age can be increased only by convincing and persuading society. Therefore, parents wishing to admit their five-year-olds to class 1 can do so next academic year as well, said Sivankutty.
"The educational system in Kerala is a model for the whole country. School education in the state is making progress by incorporating and utilising all facilities needed to function in a federal system. It has benefits. Children in Kerala attend school without fail, and almost everyone continues their education until Class 12," he said.
Sivankutty added that unlike Kerala, India's situation is appalling, with around 8 crore students still not receiving school education.
Last February, the Union Ministry of Education set the minimum age for admission to Class I to six. The directive was issued based on the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.