Kerala High Court quashes 1:45 teacher-students ratio in primary schools

Thursday, Dec 17, 2015,12:44 IST By metrovaartha A A A

The Kerala government has faced a setback in a case related to the teachers’ package.

The Kerala High Court on Thursday quashed a provision in the Kerala Education Rules fixing teacher-students ratio in primary schools at 1:45. The court made it clear that the national education rights law, which stipulates teacher-students ratio in primary schools at 1:30, and teacher-students ratio in upper primary schools at 1:35, is also applicable to schools in the state.

The court pointed out that government’s prior permission is not necessary for appointment of teachers. The court retained the management’s right to appointment.

The High Court was ruling on a petition against the state government’s amendment of KER rules on teacher-students ratio and the managements’ right to appointment of teachers.

The petitioner argued that the amendment is contrary to the central government’s policy.