KOCHI: The Kerala High Court on Thursday admonished the Advocate General for making “flimsy submissions” supporting government stand and asked why the state had not granted Plus One batches to some government schools as recommended by a six-member committee.
The court made these observations while reserving its orders on a batch of petitions challenging the government order sanctioning new higher secondary schools and additional batches.
The court further asked the state to clarify whether it received recommendations from MLAs on plus one batches, and the time when the decision on such recommendations were taken.
The Single Bench made the observation after noticing the petitions filed by Shanavas P M, president of Parent Teachers Association (PTA), Government High School Kannattupadam, Palappilly, Thrissur, and TA Johny, president of PTA, Government Model Higher Secondary School, Nadavaramba, challenging the government order.
The judge asked whether the granting of new higher secondary schools and batches was on the basis of merit rating.
According to the petitioner, Government High School, Kannattupadam is situated near a forest area, surrounded by five tribal colonies. Majority of the students of the school are children of plantation labourers.