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Supreme Court upholds Kendriya Vidyalaya Class 1 age criterion for admissions

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The Supreme Court upheld the Delhi High Court judgment dismissing pleas challenging the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sanghatan (KVS) decision to increase the minimum age for admission into Class 1 as 6 years instead of 5 years from the academic year 2022-2023.

A bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and M.M. Sundresh dismissed a special leave petition filed by few parents who challenged the April 11 judgmement of a single bench of the Delhi High Court. The bench said they agree with decision taken by the single judge in the case earlier

The argument KVS had brought forward to the Delhi High Court was that their age criterion change  was in accordance with the National Education policy 2020.As per the Right to Education, age for class I should be 6 tears minimum.

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The Single bench of Justice Rekha Pillai had approved the Kendriya Vidyalaya stand stating that-

“No doubt, the policy which was formulated in 2020 is yet to be implemented across schools in Delhi, despite the same having been already implemented in 21 states but once the statute i.e., the RTE Act, 2009 in itself places the KVS in a separate category coupled with the fact that all branches of KVS across the country, being run by the same management are obliged to follow the uniform criteria, the anxiousness of the KVS to introduce the age criteria of 6 years in accordance with the NEP, 2020 is well understandable.”

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