5-day week mooted for HSE courses

Special Correspondent
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A five-day working week for higher secondary courses, immediate revision of the syllabi and curriculum of higher secondary and vocational higher secondary courses which are five years old, school-level examinations for Plus One and a cut-off level of 50 students to a higher secondary class are among the major recommendations of the P.O.J. Lebba committee on higher secondary education (HSE) which submitted its report to Education Minister P. K. Abdu Rabb here on Tuesday.

The committee has recommended the constitution of a 10-member committee to revamp the vocational curriculum and syllabi.

Panel members

Representatives of the Pandit Sunderlal Sharma Central Institute of Vocational Educaton, Bhopal, the Confederation of Indian Industry, and the director research of Kerala Agricultural University should be among the members of this committee. The syllabi, curriculum, and textbooks of the VHE courses should be revised for next academic year itself. The working week for this stream should be retained at six days, the committee recommended.

Speaking after accepting the report, Mr. Rabb said a group of secretaries would now study the report to enable the government to take a final call on the recommendations.

In keeping with the recommendation of the committee, the government would exert pressure on the Kerala Public Service Commission to recognise more VHE courses as qualification for jobs.

Along the lines of the CBSE stream, examinations for Plus One should be conducted by the schools itself with the question papers set by the State Council Educational Research and Training (SCERT).

A public examination is needed only for Plus Two. Kerala should strive for a teacher-student ratio of 1:40 for higher secondary classes. If the number of students in a batch crosses 50, a new batch should be created. Instead of the present practice of allowing revaluation for some examinations, there should be revaluation of 25 per cent of the answer sheets for all subjects at the centralised valuation camps itself, the committee said.

A Quality Improvement Cell should be constituted at the SCERT to ensure enhanced efficiency of academic activities in the higher secondary and vocational schools. A separate higher secondary academic wing should be created at the SCERT.

Assessment programme

An assessment and accreditation programme modelled on the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) of universities and colleges should be put in place for schools, the committee said.

In reply to a question Mr. Rabb said the State may have to institute a separate agency for this purpose.

As recognition, teachers in Plus Two classes who have or acquire a doctoral degree should be given two additional increments, the report said.

Committee chairman Mr. Lebba and members George Onakkoor, K.G. Sukumara Pillai, and SCERT director K.A. Hashim were present on the occasion.

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