With a view to boost the state exchequer by cutting down expenditure on science laboratories and staff, the education department has decided to shift science stream students to nearby schools if they are less than 15 in number.
District science supervisors have been asked to submit the list of such schools which have less than 15 students in the science group to the department.
This has also become a cause of worry for many parents and teachers given the fact students may have to travel longer distances to reach their new schools.
Earlier, the state government had also planned to implement a similar policy which stated that if two primary schools were located in one kilometre radius, then smaller school with poor infrastructure and less number of students could be merged with the bigger one.
After opposition by parents and teachers, the policy was not implemented. There are a total of 51 senior secondary schools with science groups in the district.
District science supervisor Baljinder Singh said the department had asked for the list of strength of teachers and students in these schools, which has been submitted.
"Of 51 such schools, 17 schools partly aided by National Agriculture and Rural Development Bank (NABARD) have not a single student from science stream. We have submitted the list of these schools. The initiative has been taken so that teachers in such schools should be shifted to the ones where student strength is more with posts vacant," he added.
He said there were 35 schools which had at least five students. "We have sent the list including new admissions up to May 15," he said.
Anjali Bhawra, principal secretary of school education, said the decision had been taken to utilise resources better.
"There are schools with no science students but have faculty for these subjects. We want the students to get better laboratories and teachers," she said.
"If students find difficulty in commuting to the new school we will look into such cases and the decision will be taken accordingly," she added.