In a big blow to the Pinarayi Government, Kerala High Court on Monday stayed the government order bringing higher secondary and high school sections under a single authority as per the Khader committee report.
The stay was on a plea by Nair Service Society (NSS) and a group of teachers. The government had initiated implementation of the report of educationist MA Khader from this academic year, despite protests from a large section of teachers and organisations like NSS which has a number of schools under its authority.
The Government claim was that unifying the directorates was part of an attempt to standardise the school education system. It would also help in a smooth transition in the different levels of schooling. However, several teachers and their associations claimed that it would affect the quality of education.
A single bench of the High Court stayed the order and directed detailed hearing on the petition. The court also sent notice to the State Government regarding this.
Teachers have been up in arms as the government went ahead with implementing the committee report without even discussing the matter with teachers and their associations.
Even when there were voices of dissent, the Government came out with an order to implement the report from the first day of this academic year. Steps have been initiated to quickly complete the procedures to merge the three directorates.
The court observed that as the national education policy was under consideration and to be implemented soon, there was no need to rush through such reforms in the State. The State could well wait for the national policy, it added.