Schools in Kerala require 2,664 new divisions, 7000 more teachers 

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Alappuzha: The schools under Department of General Education in Kerala has not increased the number of divisions or teachers even after a hike in number of students.

Shortage of 2,664 new divisions were recorded following a census of students from Class 1 to Class 10 in government and aided schools in the state. At least 7000 more teachers will be required for these divisions. As many as 1,19,981 students joined the government and aided schools in the academic year 2022-23.

The officials in the General Education Department informed that the government has been conducting an estimate on the teachers’ posts in all state-run schools. The proceedings have been concluded in all schools except a few schools in Malappuram and Alappuzha. The government is likely to grant more divisions following the ongoing estimation process, opined the officials. The deputy director of education will examine the requests for new divisions and forward them to the director of general education, who will hand over the report to the state government.

A report of over 1000 new divisions were already submitted to the government. The requests for remaining divisions and teachers’ posts will be forwarded soon after the Kerala State School Kalolsavam. The final decision over this will be issued by the Department of Finance.

Requirements for new division

At least 30 students are necessary to form a new division in the lower primary section. Over 35 and 40 students are required for setting up a new division in upper primary and high school sections respectively.

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