Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir administration has sought details of schools with low enrolment to ‘vacate such premises in order to merge the schools’ to streamline the Teacher Pupil Ratio (TPR).
The administration in a communiqué issued to the Director of School Education of Kashmir and Jammu and Project Director, Samagra Shiksha has asked them to provide details of government-run schools with low enrolment.
Deputy Director for Planning Development and Monitoring has said, “The decisions taken in Committee of Secretaries (COS) meeting headed by Chief Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir Arun Kumar Mehta on December-1 regarding the schools with low enrollment and as desired by the higher authorities, I am directed to convey that the expected criteria for proposing the vacating of school buildings due to likely merger of schools with low enrolment may be taken.”
Stating the criteria, the officials said that the details regarding low enrolment shall be submitted of all government primary schools with an enrolment of fewer than 10 students.
“All government and upper primary and middle schools with enrolment less than 30 students and all the government high schools with enrolment less than 70 enrolments,” it reads.
The officials however said that it shall be ensured that the norms and the guidelines of the Right to Education Act (RTE) may not be violated.
“The requisite information complete in all respect as per devised formats already provided shall reach to the Administrative Department by or before December-25 without any fail,” the official said.