Published: 22nd July 2019
Kerala CM suggests radical changes to student-teacher ratio to improve personal attention towards students
The Chief Minister also directed that the mid-day meal programme for students should be properly monitored so that it could ensure meals for all the beneficiaries
The school teachers will be instructed to give special attention to the students so that the teachers could attend students in person to understand their problems, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said. He was reviewing the General Education Rejuvenation Mission in a high-level meeting here on Monday. Vijayan has also accepted the suggestion of making the teacher-student ratio of 1: 24 in Primary school, 1: 29 in High School, 1: 28 in HSS and 1: 14 in VHSS.
"The teachers should act as mentors for students. So the teachers should understand the behavioural changes of the students. Some students might have some issues in their homes. So it is the duty of teachers to clearly understand and solve the issues by collecting details from them. This will reduce the mental stress of the students to a greater extent. Similarly, a system should be in place to improve the general quality of children," Vijayan said.
He also added that the education sector in the state would become completely digital by October. "The classrooms of the schools in the state have been converted to a hi-tech setup under the supervision of Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE). 4.752 high schools, HSS and VHSE schools have been upgraded. The labs have started functioning for Class I to Class VII," Vijayan said.
The Chief Minister also directed that the mid-day meal programme for students should be properly monitored so that it could ensure meals for all the beneficiaries. "The improvement of the physical infrastructure of schools is also progressing. The education sector in the state has got major achievements compared to other states as per the survey conducted by the National Achievement Survey and Niti Ayog Survey. So this should be retained in the coming years," he added.
General Education sector C Raveendranath , Chief Secretary Tom Jose, Mission Co-ordinator Cheriyan Philip, Principal Secretary Jaithilak, General Education Secretary A Shahjahan, V S Senthil, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan., Director of General Education Jeevan Babu , KITE Vice-chairman Anvar Sadath , Samagra Shiksha Abhiyaan project director AP Kuttykrishnan and SCERT director J Prasad have also participated in the meeting.