Teacher-student ratio: Discord between fin dept and edu dept puts Kerala teachers in limbo

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Thrissur: The apparent discord between finance department and education department over restoring teacher-student ratio (classes 9 and 10) has put a section of Kerala teachers in limbo.

The finance department has withheld the education department’s file on restoring teacher-student ratio to 1:40. Reportedly, the finance department's move is over the analysis that restoration might increase financial burden.

Around 3,000 teachers have not yet received salary for the month of August over the discord. Also, in principle, those from aided sector have lost their job itself.

The higher education department ordered to discontinue the 1:40 ratio that has been followed since 25 years in August. The education minister informed to withhold the department’s order one-and-a-half-months back.

However, no fresh order was issued despite the assurance. As a result, the affected teachers in aided sector were out.

According to the All-Kerala School Teachers Union (AKSTU), the act of the finance department to hinder the favourable stand of the education department is not right.

Kerala Education Rules of 1959 has stated that teacher-student ratio of 1:45 should be followed. However, the government in 1997 made the teacher-student ratio to 1:40, in the wake of fall in number of students in high school section. Since then the ratio has been followed.

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