Kerala Government has decided to sanction 699 new Plus-Two batches this year in the state. The decision was taken after reviewing a report submitted by a sub-committee formed to take decision regarding sanctioning of new batches in Plus-Two courses in the State, a press release said. As per the High Court order Plus-two batches have been allotted in panchayats having no Plus-two batches at present. New batches have been allowed in 131 schools; out of which 43 are in government schools and 88 in the aided sector. It said 95 new Higher Secondary Schools have been sanctioned in districts from Ernakulam to Kasaragod. Many of the students in this region have been unable to get admission to Plus-two courses due to shortage of batches. High schools in these districts will be upgraded to Higher Secondary Schools. Out of the 95, 18 are government and 77 aided schools. Additional Plus-two batches will be allotted in all 14 districts. The government arrived at a decision on Plus-two batches and new higher secondary schools on the basis of necessity. It was the policy of the government that no student willing to continue study should not be denied the opportunity to pursue higher studies. Earlier SSLC was the turning point for the students but now it was Plus-Two.
The Government has also imposed restrictions while allotting new batches. It requires a minimum of 40 to sanction a new batch. This restriction is applicable to all 699 new batches sanctioned by the government. But the recognition of those schools failing to meet the minimum criterion of 40 students will not be withdrawn and they can start the classes from next year onwards on meeting the criterion. It has also been decided to appoint guest lecturers in the newly sanctioned aided school batches. In government schools qualified teachers from ‘Teachers Bank’ will be posted. The government has given sanction to this package as it is cost effective. The admission to these batches cannot be done through the single-window system this year as this would create confusion. From next year onwards the admission to these batches will also be carried out through the common admission procedure. The government will also consider stopping of batches with a few students.