The education department has decided to introduce additional sections in Class 11 at five government schools in rural areas of the union territory to accommodate over 400 applicants who had failed to get admission in the first three rounds of counselling.
Even as the department allotted more than 13,000 seats for Class 11 in two months, several applicants with lower grades could not get through in the schools of their choice and hence were left without admission.
To accommodate these students, who had protested in front of the director public instruction’s (DPI-secondary) office last week, the department opened admission at GSSS, Khuda Lahora, GSSS, Khuda Alisher, GSSS Behlana, GSSS Raipur Khurd and GSSS Kaimbwala in the humanities stream.
Till last date on Friday, nearly 100 each applied at GSSS, Khuda Lahora, GSSS, Khuda Alisher and GSSS, Raipur Khurd, while 80 and 20 applications were received at GSSS, Behlana, and GSSS, Kaimbwala, respectively.
A senior official said since only 150 seats were left in these schools, the department had no option but to introduce additional sections to accommodate more students.
However, it is subject to joining of all the students who applied for admission in these schools. If students do not join in some schools they would be accommodated in the existing section. “A clearer picture will emerge later this week,” the official said. According to information, the department is forced to introduce new sections every year to accommodate the students who are left out.
Sunil Bedi, a subject expert, said students must understand that if they fail to get good score in Class 10, it will be hard for them to find a school of their choice in Class 11. Therefore, they must in Class 10 to get a stream and school of their choice in Class 11 and avoid last minute hassles, he said.
Schools demand more faculty
The authorities of these five schools asked the education department to provide faculties accordingly in case new sections are introduced in Class 11.
Principal of a school said, “We have no objection to introducing more sections but we will not be able to do justice to new students if we are not given the required manpower to teach them properly.” In 2012, the department had introduced additional sections in nine government schools but did not provide additional faculty in time. During the 2013-14 session, Class 12 results came as a major embarrassment to the education department as 1,025 (nearly 10%) out of 10,184 students failed the examination while 1,428 (nearly 14%) students got compartments. Last year, 284 students failed while 860 students got compartments.
Vinod Sharma, president of Government Teachers Union, said, “The part of the problem is the delay in deputing teachers in schools which are short of faculty. The department must ensure sufficient number of teachers if they are going with additional sections in these schools.”