Kerala: Seats aplenty in Higher Secondary schools, but no takers
news Monday, January 05, 2015 - 05:30
The News Minute | July 19, 2014 | 12:33 PM IST Even as the Kerala state government is planning to expand the number of seats in Plus One, reports suggest that 79 Higher Secondary batches in the state do not even have a single student. Reports say that in Thiruvananthapuram district alone, which has been allotted 15 new batches, ten of them have no takers. Almost 600 seats are lying vacant in the state capital, meanwhile in Malappuram; no student has sought admission in 17 batches. Districts like Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha and Kottayam are also facing the same issue. The only district which has students in all higher secondary batches is Wayanad. But the Education Department, which does not seem to have any kind of statistics on the batches, reports say, but is all set to introduce new colleges and schools without taking a look at the ground level situation. This would mean that all the new schools proposed by the government will come up in the same districts that already have excess of higher secondary batches. Two days back, the state government announced that 134 new Higher Secondary schools will come up throughout the state and also additional seats will be added to some of the already existing Plus One batches.