CM Pinarayi orders to permit new higher secondary batches to address ‘regional imbalance’

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Thiruvananthapuram: Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has directed to grant new higher secondary batches 'to maintain regional balance'. He also asked officials to ensure that everyone who passed the SSLC exam in 2023 gets an opportunity to pursue higher education. He was talking at a meeting focused on higher secondary admission.

The directive signifies a policy change in the government as the general education minister ruled out new batches this academic year citing financial burden. Instead, the cabinet approved a 30 per cent rise in marginal seats in government higher secondary schools and a 20 per cent rise in such seats in aided schools in Thiruvananthapuram, Palakkad, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Wayanad, Kannur, and Kasaragod districts.

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However, politicians from the Malabar region, especially Malappuram, pointed out that the regional imbalance was very deep and as many as 50,000 students may miss higher education.

Seats in vocational higher secondary schools, ITIs, and polytechnics will also be considered. Higher secondary batches with a lower number of students will be transferred to locations with more demand along with permitting upcoming batches.

General education minister V Sivankutty, planning board vice-chairman VK Ramachandran, chief secretary VP Joy, additional chief secretary of finance department Bishwanath Sinha, principal secretary of education department Rani George, chief principal secretary to chief minister Dr KM Abraham, and director general of education S Shanavas also attended the meeting.

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