Haryana Govt Orders Private Schools to Stop Kindergarten Classes

The government of Haryana has ordered private schools across the state to shut its nursery, lower kindergarten (LKG) and upper kindergarten (UKG) classes, reported news agency ANI.

Rohtak’s Elementary Education officer explains that this order has been issued keeping in mind, the mental health of the child. The officer believes that children should be admitted in school only after five years of age.

"“Children should get ample time to play and grow mentally. Keeping that in mind, state government has decided to shut down nursery, LKG and UKG classes.”" - Vijay Laxmi Nandal, Rohtak’s Elementary Education Officer as quoted by ANI

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According to the officer,children below five years of age can either go to an ananganwadi or a play school, where they learn while playing.

However, the association of private schools has asked for this same order to be implemented in government schools as well. The District President of the association has asked for the government to recall the order, reported ANI.

"“Government schools also have 4-5 yr old students. Order should have been issued for them too. It is discrimination. If the government doesn’t recall the order, all private schools of the district will take to the streets until it is recalled.”" - Ravinder Nandal, District President, Haryana Private School Association as quoted by ANI

(With Inputs from ANI)

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