R Krishna Kishore,
It seems a few State Govts. have individually issued a few new guidelines for admissions in light of the pandemic. For example, in Maharashtra, for Class 1 admission, the minimum age criterion is the completion of six years as of 31st December 2022 (the child should be born between 1st October 2015 and 31st December 2016 (TOI report of 22nd Dec. 2021).
I came across a report of February last year, which states "The directorate of education (DoE) has issued directions to all private unaided recognized schools to grant relief in the maximum as well as the minimum age limit for classes Nursery, KG or I." This report mentions the DoE rules as follows- the upper age limit as of 31st March 2021 for admission in nursery and KG is 4 and 5 years respectively while the maximum age cap for Class 1 is 6 years. The minimum age for admission in these classes is 3, 4, and 5 years, respectively.
[Reference source- https://www.newindianexpress.com/thesundaystandard/2021/feb/21/nursery-admissions-govt-grants-30-day-relaxation-in-age-criteria-2266735.html]
However, when I checked out the websites of two schools in Hyderabad, they mention the age criteria for Class 1 is 5 yrs and 6 months as of 30th June 2022 (the child's birth date should be between 1st Jan 2016 and 31st December 2016).
I suggest that you make inquiries about the age criteria directly with the office of the Govt. of Telangana's Director of School Education. Specifically, ask about the DoE official guidelines. There are two emails given at their website, on the top of this page- https://schooledu.telangana.gov.in/ISMS/contactus.do
Send an email to both firstname.lastname@example.org, as well as to email@example.com
- In the subject line of the email, to catch immediate attention, put 'Grievance about school admission to Class 1.' In the text of the email, mention your child's birth date and state that schools in Hyderabad have refused admission to Class 1 and politely find out what is the age criterion. You can also give the URL of the New Indian Express press report that I have mentioned above. If the State Govt. policy is clear that your child's age does not make her eligible to get her admission to Class 1 and there is no age relaxation, then likely she would be required to get admission to Sr. KG.
Hope this will help you out.
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