BHOPAL: In a major reform in school education, government preprimary schools are being opened across the state for the first time. Children from age of three years and above will be eligible for admission.
School education department planned introducing 1,500 preprimary school in five districts in a pilot project. Encouraged with the results, now school education department has sought information from across the state, suitable to start a preprimary school.
The school education department has asked collectors of all districts to send information on habitats with number of kids above four years of age. Besides, information on basic requirements like water and electric supply has been sought.
Children between age of three and five years have high grasping powers which is scientifically proven, said principal secretary of school education, Rashmi Arun Shami. Government schools were missing this crucial opportunity with the students. Government norms allow admission of children above six years of age in class 1, she added.
Children of three years are very tender and study curriculum has been designed accordingly. They will be introduced to basics like alphabets, numbers and colours in a playful manner.
Teachers of preprimary schools have been trained to handle children of that age.
School education department said that another thousand schools might be added this year to existing 1,500 schools in five districts of Chhindwara, Bhopal, Sehore, Sagar and Shahdol.