Kerala’s only Railway School on the brink of closure
Palakkad: The only school in the state run by the Southern Railways is on the brink of shutdown. Questions have emerged over the future of Palakkad Railway Higher Secondary School as the children of railway employees have not come for admissions.
Out of the 9 schools of Southern Railways, 8 are situated in Tamil Nadu. The higher secondary school at Olavakkode has secured SSLC ranks in the Malayalam medium. The school witnessed a drop in numbers once the school was shifted to CBSE syllabus. Rule states that a class should have a minimum of 15 children of railway employees because of which the first standard was suspended. Although local students had applied for admission, they were rejected.
In 1958, the school was started as a lower primary school and became a high school in 1982. Later in 2002, it was upgraded to higher secondary school. The school which once boasted of 1250 students and 50 teachers currently has a strength of 240 students and 19 students.
Local residents, including the alumni of the school, have urged the state government to find a solution to the issue. They also want local students to be granted admission after availing a tution fee.
Reform won’t be easy
The railway school was opened in order to facilitate the education of the children of railway employees. The rules regarding the admission were set based on that. It will not be easy to reform the railway laws. The railways want the school to continue functioning.
-Authorities, Railway, Palakkad division.