Grading system for public schools on the anvil

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Thiruvananthapuram: A grading system to specify the quality of public schools will come into force in the state soon.

This was disclosed by Education Minister V Sivankutty at a meeting of representatives of teachers’ organisations. The minister said the guidelines for grading would be finalized by SCERT.

The government is also contemplating conducting a “mini kalotsavam” during the vacation period. Discussions have also been held with the finance department to clear the three-month honorarium dues of pre-primary teachers at the earliest, said the minister.

Adalats to continue

The minister said adalats will be organised to dispose off the files that have piled up in the education department. Vigilance intervention will be tightened to initiate action against officials who are holding back files without valid reasons.

Coordinated system for school PTAs

Sivankutty said the order issued by the government, which contains steps to lessen the workload of higher secondary school principals, would be implemented from the next academic year. Steps will be taken to reduce the number of periods and a coordinated system will be put in place for the functioning of school PTAs, the minister added.

Meanwhile, the Aided Higher Secondary Teachers' Association demanded the withdrawal of the decision to increase the number of answer papers to be evaluated in one session during higher secondary evaluation camps.

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