Teaching posts at govt, aided colleges under threat due to drop in admissions

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Thiruvananthapuram: The existing teaching posts at government and aided colleges would come under threat as there is a significant drop in the number of students taking admission for graduate courses. New appointments would also be affected.

If the situation continues, a protection mechanism to ensure job security similar to that in aided schools would have to be introduced at aided colleges. Students choosing professional courses after 12th standard and opting to go abroad or out of state for higher education are the reasons for drop in the number at colleges.

The number of students is dropping for courses like physics, chemistry, mathematics and English. A total of 1,102 seats for physics, 988 for chemistry and 1,491 for mathematics are lying vacant at Kerala, Calicut and MG universities.

Those teaching science subjects would be most affected by the drop due to practical classes. To calculate the workload, the number of students in each batch of practical classes has to be 16-19 in different subjects. The decrease in workload would affect the posts at colleges.

Colleges do not have a class-based teacher student ratio as in schools. The basis for posts at a college is the number of periods taught in a week. A total of 16 hours per week is required for a week.

Earlier, a second post was allowed for next nine periods. But currently, 16 hours are required for the second post. According to the data, over 1,200 posts were eliminated from colleges because of this. The drop in number of students could increase these numbers.

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