Govt order scrapping relaxation in student-teacher ratio may leave over 1,000 teachers jobless

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Elathur: Department of General Education released an order scrapping the relaxations granted to the students-teachers ratio in government and aided high schools.

Withthis, over a thousand posts will be discarded with the completion of staff fixation on August 20. The decision to reinforce the KER ratio of one teacher for 45 students in Classes 9 and 10 without any relaxation has affected many teachers. The government had earlier declared special orders to maintain the teacher to students ratio by 1:40. The relaxation prevailing for the past 10 years will be stopped by the latest order.

As the government has decided to protect the teachers who were appointed in or before 2015, they will be relocated. The teachers who joined later will be expelled if shortage of students is cited in the respective schools. The order may affect the curricular activities as the first terminal examination is scheduled to begin on August 24 in the schools.

Meanwhile, Kerala Pradesh School Teachers’ Association (KPCTA) protested against the order and urged it to continue with the 1:40 ratio.

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