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At least 15 students must for government school to remain functional

Last Updated on November 25, 2021 at 4:37 pm

In the aftermath of government schools working with disproportionate Pupil-Teacher Ratio (PTR), it has been made compulsory for a government school to have a minimum enrollment of 15 students to remain functional as separate institution.

It has been made compulsory by government that government school should have at least enrollment of 15 students for being functional as a separate institution. The step has been taken after knowing about the disproportionate Pupil-Teacher Ratio (PTR) and students being too less and staff posted in surplus.

Principal Secretary School Education Department Bishwajit Kumar Singh said that the department was mulling to rationalise around 2000 schools across Jammu and Kashmir to streamline the disproportionate Pupil-Teacher Ratio (PTR).

In 2015, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led coalition government merged around 2400 government schools for having meager or no students enrolled.

Singh further said that a teacher can’t remain interested in a class which has only four to five students enrolled.

He said that with the help of Geo-mapping of schools rationalization process will be done in order to get the exact idea between two schools. He further added that funds will be given to students through Direct Bank Transfer (DBT) if they have to travel to their school beyond 1 km.

Singh further said that the government had also prepared a blueprint for it wherein the upgradation of posts would be done to utilise the manpower appropriately.

“There will be so many teachers with PGs or PhDs. We will upgrade their posts after rationalisation. We have also decided to do rationalisation of lecturers and keep one lecturer for 80 students,” he said.

Singh said that the focus would be given to Government High and Higher Secondary Schools to have adequate staff for the students.