The knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) highlights changes to Age requirement criteria for children enrolling in school for the first time. The new rules are in line with a resolution issued by the Ministry of Education earlier this year and will impact children up to 6 years old.
The age requirements will change for new students enrolling in FS1, FS2, Year 1 and Year 2 (Pre-KG, KG1, KG1 and Grade 1 respectively).
The cut off age for Pre-KG or Foundation Stage 1 should be 3 years by August 31, 2021 as opposed to the earlier deadline of December 31.
Similarly, children starting KG1 or Foundation Stage 2 should be 4 years old by August 31 instead of the previous December deadline.
KG2 or Year 1 students should be 5 years old and Grade 1 or Year 2 students should be 6 years old by August 31, 2021.
It has also advised parents to check the FAQs section on its website for the latest updates.