INCREASING SEAT CAPACITIES
GUWAHATI: With thousands of students facing uncertainties to get them admitted into colleges to pursue higher education, the State Government has asked the Education Department to expedite the up-gradation of high schools into higher secondary schools to create more seats.
"As many as 3,97,121 students passed HSLC examination this year (93.18% against 64.80% last year). It has led the Secondary Education department to decide to upgrade some of the high schools into higher secondary schools with certain guidelines," a recent official notification issued by Dr B Kalyan Chakravarthy, Principal Secretary to Education Department, stated.
As per the notification, a high school will be considered for up-gradation to an HS school that has requisite infrastructures and PG teachers serving as graduate teachers. A high school will be upgraded to an HS school even though there is an HS school within a radius of 5 kilometres provided that the HS school is having at least 500 students.
The school upgrading will be made in respect of the Arts stream only now, and thereafter Science and Commerce streams may be taken up in a phased manner. Any pending proposal for the amalgamation of a high school with a higher secondary school must be expedited to give effect from the current academic year (2021-22).
The Director of Secondary Education has been asked to submit a proposal for the creation of necessary posts in the upgraded higher secondary schools. The existing vacancies and the newly created posts will be immediately filled up as per rules & procedures and postings will be rationalized maintaining the pupil-teacher ratio.