Govt will ensure Plus One seats for all eligible students, says Kerala's education minister

Education Minister V Sivankutty. Photo: Manorama Online

Kerala Education Minister V Sivankutty on Sunday said additional seats would be added this year too to ensure all eligible students get entry to Plus One courses.

For this, he announced plans to create a list of available Plus One seats at the taluk level. A cabinet decision on this will be issued soon, Sivankutty told reporters.

The minister was responding to reports that 28 per cent of students who cleared SSLC will not be able to get Plus One seats in Malappuram district.

Currently, the district has 44,740 Plus One merit seats. But with 77,827 students gaining eligibility this year to pursue further studies, the demand for seats far exceeds the availability.

Even if seats in un-aided institutions, polytechnics, and ITIs are added, the number of seats remains at 56,015. That means 21,812 students will be left out without seats in the district. There are demands from various quarters V Karthikeyan Commission report must be implemented to find a permanent solution to this issue.

The number of students who secured A-Plus in all subjects has also increased this year. Concerns remain regarding the availability of seats even for students with high marks in the district. Major political parties have decided to protest seeking more no seats for the district.

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