The State Government has decided to increase the number of seats in government and government-aided higher secondary and vocational higher secondary schools by 20 per cent and to allot the same number of seats as per request to aided and unaided higher secondary schools.
In a post-cabinet briefing on Wednesday, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said that the decision was taken because many students had failed to get admission due to the lack of seats in the higher secondary schools.
‘’There will be no increase in the number of batches but only a 20 per cent increase in the number of seats,’’ he said. The cabinet also gave its nod for setting up an educational campus on 100 acres of land at Priyadarshani estate at Manathavadi, Wayanad. The preparation of project report in this regard will be entrusted with Manathavadi sub-collector S Harikishore. Chandy said that the project named ‘Vigyan Bari’ is envisaged to develop educational facilities from nursery to Plus II classes and also degree and post-graduate courses. “In addition, it will also have ITI and polytechnic,’’ said Chandy.
The cabinet decided to extend the pension scheme existing in other government departments to employees of KSEB. 312 overseers, 620 linemen and 312 workers will also be recruited to the KSEB.