As per the RTE Act, a child should be six years at the time of joining Class I. However, in the last academic year, the age of admission to Class I was fixed at five years and a student who had completed three years could seek admission to the lower kindergarten.
"CBSE schools have been informed by the state government that the age of a child should be six years in Class I. However, the state government has granted us permission to relax the age by six months. This has the CBSE's approval. So we can admit students who complete three-and-half years as on June 1, 2014," said the Kerala CBSE School Management Association (KCSMA) president T P M Ibrahim Khan.
Several city schools have already started the admission process for the next academic year. Schools close the admission by September or mid-October. Top city schools receive minimum 1,000 applications for about 200 to 300 seats. "Schools generally give admission to KG based on first-come-first-served basis. Sometimes it depends on parents and students' performance at the interview and even on their influence," said a CBSE school administrator.
Global Public School director P Jacob said, "We want all admissions to be over by October. After that the school gets busy with academics and exams. In March and April, we are busy conducting admissions in other senior classes."
"Parents are anxious and want their children to get into the best school as early as possible," said Fr Benny Maramparampil, the principal of Naipunya School, Ernakulam.
"Only schools in the city have started the admission process. Schools in rural areas will start their admission only next year," said KCSMA general secretary Indira Rajan.