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Thiruvananthapuram: The Department of Education of Kerala has initiated a procedure to frame the rules for the unification of the high school and higher secondary sections. The aim is to complete the process by December and roll out the new framework from the next academic year, said a senior official with knowledge of the matter.
In this regard, the ministry has set a deadline for public consultation on the first report of the Khader Committee. Individuals, experts and other entities may submit objections or opinions before August.
Organizations affiliated with the ruling Left Front strongly support the government’s decision. The move is to bring the department into line with the national framework, they say. While the other organizations are of the opinion that the unification should not be done without publishing the second part of the report of the Khader Committee.
KSTA State Head TKA Shafi believes the unification will help schools make common use of facilities such as high school and upper secondary laboratories and libraries.
However, AHSTA State General Secretary S Manoj argues that the Khader committee has failed to understand the fact that upper secondary education is not exactly a continuation of secondary school. The committee failed to recognize that upper secondary focuses on specialist learning, he said.
The Khader committee also recommended cutting wages. Opposition organizations are also concerned about whether unification will affect the determination of teachers’ seniority.