Plus-one admission: Rise in number of A+ grade scorers causes concern
Thiruvananthapuram: The admission of plus-one students this year may turn out to be a herculean task for schools as the number of students who scored A-plus grades in all subjects almost tripled.
Schools have to look out for some other criteria too to filter students into various streams. Last year there were only 41,906 students who scored A-plus grade for all subjects. However, the figure rose to 1,21,318 this year.
Compared to last year, there is an increase of around 2,551 students, who become eligible for plus-one courses. Teachers, however, opined that the rise would not demand creation of more seats as there are many seats lying vacant last year. The permitted district-wise expansion of seats to accommodate more students can also be avoided this year, opined teachers. Earlier, the UDF government had allowed to raise the number of seats to help students, who scored full A-plus grade, to choose preferred school and combination. However, the rise in the number of A-plus grade scorers makes it impossible to be implemented.
Last year, a total of 37,000 students from CBSE and around 3,300 students from ICSE joined state syllabus. CBSE and ICSE examinations were cancelled this year due to the current pandemic and no decision has been taken so far about the norms to be followed to admit them. Last year, preference was given to state syllabus students and vacant seats were given to other students in the second stage of admission.
As many as 4,19,651 students have passed SSLC examination this year. There are around 3,61,746 seats available for plus-one admission, with 50 students in each batch. If a 10 percentage hike in seats is allowed, the total number of seats will rise to 3,98,585. In addition to this, 27,500 seats are available in VHSE, 27,000 seats in ITI and ITC and 2200 seats in polytechnic.
Statistics of higher secondary seats last year (50 students in one batch)
Government sector: Science-64,000, Humanities-33,800, Commerce-43,250, total- 1,41,050
Aided sector: Science-88,800, Humanities-33,800, Commerce-43,250, total-1,65,100
Residential, special, technical unaided sector: Science- 33,176, Humanities-6503, Commerce-15,917, total-55,596.
Total Science seats: 1,85,976
Total Humanities seats: 69,853
Total Commerce seats: 1,05,917
Total seats: 3,61,746
District wise list of seats in Science, Humanities, Commerce
Thiruvananthapuram: 18,450, 6175, 6900. Total-31,525
Kollam: 15,136, 4650, 6836. Total- 26,622
Pathanamthitta: 8606,2389, 3836. Total -14,831
Alappuzha: 12,939, 3300, 6500. Total- 22,739
Kottayam: 14,036, 3450, 4650. Total-22,136
Idukki: 6100, 2089, 3639. Total- 11,828
Eranakulam: 18,389, 4150, 10,000. Total- 32,539
Thrissur: 17,739, 5236,9586. Total- 32,561
Palakkad: 13,228, 6300, 8689. Total- 28,217
Kozhikode: 16,250, 7336, 10,936. Total- 34,522
Malappuram: 22,286, 13,000, 17,939. Total-53,225
Wayanad: 3839, 2339, 2528. Total- 8706
Kannur: 13,189, 5789, 9039. Total- 28,017
Kasargod: 5789, 3650, 4839. Total- 14,278