Thiruvananthapuram: The government has issued an order increasing the number of seats in government and aided higher secondary schools by 10 per cent.

The government had earlier announced a 20 per cent increase in seats. Taking this into account, schools in Kerala will witness a 30 per cent increase in number of seats this year. However, the seats are being increased without developing the basic infrastructure in schools.

The government had on May 27 issued an order increasing the number of seats in government and aided schools by 20 per cent. The additional 10 per cent increase of seats comes in the wake of students not receiving admission despite the increase in number of seats.

With the 30 per cent increase in seats, classes which used to have 50 students earlier will have 65 students from now. The order also states that increasing of seats will create additional expense for the government.

Students in the Malabar region and in Thrissur and Thiruvananthapuram districts are awaiting admission. The government did not pay heed to requests seeking to grant more batches in Malabar region. Instead it decided to admit more students to schools.

However, questions remain as to how this many students can be admitted to schools without increasing the basic infrastructure including laboratories.