The Government School Teachers’ Union (GSTU) has called for implementing the recommendations of the P.O.J. Labba Committee constituted to study the problems in the higher secondary education sector of the State.

In a statement issued here on Thursday by GSTU vice-president T.S. Salim, it has been pointed out that the study was the first one that has been conducted in the sector and assumed great importance in this regard.

Working days

Several problems that had been ignored for several years have been taken into consideration. According to Mr. Salim, the recommendation of the committee to introduce a system of five working days in the sector has been made considering the immense stress faced by the students. The existing system does not provide for the necessary spare time for students. Hence, the government must adopt immediate measures in rescheduling the academic timetable, he said.

Syllabus change

The other major recommendation is that the curriculum, syllabus and text books of higher secondary and vocational higher secondary sections must be reformed. The study also calls for ensuring a teacher-student ratio of 1:40 at the higher secondary level.

The union has submitted a petition to Chief Minister Oommen Chandy highlighting their demands in this regard.

The report is significant since it is the fist study conducted on problems faced by the higher secondary education sector, say teachers.