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Age of Class 1 student should be five years: CBSE chairman

Raghava M.

‘There is need for uniformity in pre-primary education’



Ashok Ganguly

BANGALORE: The Chairman of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Ashok Ganguly has expressed the need to bring in some uniformity in pre-primary education and also fix the age at which a child is admitted to the first standard.

Speaking to The Hindu here on Saturday, Mr. Ganguly said uniformity was needed as there is a lot of mobility within the country.

“A child from Kohima (Nagaland) should go through pre-primary education for the same duration as those in other parts of the country,” he said.

Mr. Ganguly was in Bangalore to inaugurate an exhibition of curricular adaptations of the Howard Gardner theory of multiple intelligence by the teachers of Gear Innovative International School.

Different durations

He said there were differences in the duration of pre-primary education. While private schools follow two years of pre-primary education before admitting a child to the first standard, there is no such stipulation in Government schools.

The Government has not been able to monitor pre-primary education as this is not included in the schooling system.

Mr. Ganguly, who headed the committee that went through pre-primary and pre-school education in New Delhi, said the pre-primary education should be for one year duration in Government and private schools. A child being admitted for the pre-primary education should be aged above four years. “We also need to include this as part of the schooling system and make it as 13 years of education,” he said. The age of admission to first standard should be fixed at 5 years, he said.

‘Sahodaya’

Terming the CBSE an educational body, Mr. Ganguly said that it has adopted “Sahodaya”, a school cluster system where a group of neighbourhood CBSE schools come together to share their innovative practices in all aspects of school education. The CBSE has been supporting the system by providing resource personnel.

At present, there are about 200 Sahodayas in the country. The Sahodaya functioning in the city has 65 CBSE schools, he said.

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