Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala High Court has stayed the government order on merging Higher Secondary School with High School as per the Khader committee report. The court issued the stay order on a plea filed by NSS and a group of teachers.
With this, the government faced a major setback from implementing a major reform in the education sector. A single bench of the High Court has stayed the order. The court has sent a notice to the state government regarding this.
The court has stayed the order to have a detailed hearing in the petition over merging the two school directorates into one.
The education department has been neglecting the protest over implementing the recommendations in Khader committee report without holding discussions. Recently, the government has decided to implement the Khader committee report. Following this, protesters including teachers’ associations under opposition party moved a petition in the court.
The court observed that as the national education policy did not come into force, there is no need for other reforms in education sector. When national education policy comes into force, all other reforms implemented by state will lose its significance. Hence, there is no need to merge the two school directorates, asserted the court.
Meanwhile, the state government has partially implemented Khader committee report across the state. The education department has already completed the procedures to merge the three directorates into one. Hence, these procedures of the department will be in trouble.