PANAJI: As a step towards implementation of National Education Policy 2020, the State government today announced that the age of admission for first year nursery should be three years completion on or before May 31for the current academic year.
“It has been decided, in terms of the National Education Policy – 2020, to inform all the Heads of the Institutions having Nursery classes that the age for admission of the child from Academic Year 2021-2022 onwards for the First Year of Nursery class shall be three (03) years complete on or before the 31″ of May,” the order by Education Department states
The State Empowered Committee, chaired by Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant, in March had in-principle decided to implement the policy beginning with the foundation stage from the AY 2021-22 onwards across all government-run schools. Aided schools would be directed to implement the new education system, as per infrastructure availability.
The new education policy proposes a new curricular and pedagogical structure, with 5+3+3+4 design covering children in the age group 3 to 18 years. Under this there is five years of the Foundational Stage: 3 years of pre-primary school and Grades I, II.
As per the current education system, nursery, lower KG, upper KG is under pre-primary category, while the primary includes Class I to IV.
The policy aims to universalise the pre-primary education (age range of 3 to 6 years) by 2025 and provide foundational literacy and numeracy for all by the same year.