Mangalore, Nov 26: Vishweshwara Hegde Kageri, minister for primary and secondary education, said that all students appearing for their SSLC examinations should have completed 16 years of age. He was speaking at a press conference held at Circuit House, Mangalore, on Wednesday.
He said that, during the current academic year, about 17,000 students in Karnataka did not satisfy the age requirements. Therefore, this age rule will not be implemented from this current academic year.
He informed press people that, from the next academic year, the government would ensure that children admitted to Class I will have completed 5 years of age so that they will be at the correct age at the time of writing their SSLC examination. A further allowance of 10 months would be permitted; a child can be admitted to Class I at the age of 5 years 10 months.
Kageri said that the problem of under aged students writing their SSLC examinations would continue for another 9 years as the admissions have already been done. Responding to queries about the large number of students aged under-16 who are about to write their examinations, the minister said that this rule will be enforced only after enforcing the age rule for admission to Class I.