Under the new MoE ruling, children will be able to enter KG1 (termed FS2 in the British curriculum) from age four, and Grade 1 (or Year 2 in British schools) age 6-8 years.
The new age boundaries will be applicable for the 2021-22 academic year, which begins in August 2021. There will be “no exceptions” to the minimum age ruling.
The Ministry of Education will also change the date of calculating the age of admission for students in private schools that follow Indian, Pakistani and Japanese curricula. For these schools, the academic term begins in April and the new rules will apply from April 2022.
The announcing came following a virtual meeting of the UAE’s Education and Human Resources Council.