Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Based on the recommendations of a two-member committee constituted to study the circumstances leading to the suicides in Junior Colleges in the State, the Board of Intermediate has directed all the managements of junior colleges not to display students’ marks on the notice board.
The two member committee comprised Director of HRD Institute at Bapatla D.Chakrapani and former Vice-Chancellor of Padmavati Mahila University Ratna Kumari. They had asked the Board of Intermediate to direct the principals to consider developing an app exclusively for parents and students to ensure only one test is conducted every month in each subject, make mandatory parent interaction on progress of the students at the end of six months, and to end the practice of frequently shifting students from one section to another based on performance.
Hereafter, no college, can conduct classes before 8am and after 6pm, the managements should take up counselling to students on career choice after Intermediate. They should maintain teacher-student ratio, the number of students in a class should not exceed the Board norms. Appointment of a counsellor in every corporate college, avoidance of excess work load to teachers, introduction of yoga and physical exercise, untmost importance to personality development of the students and facilities like a library, a reading room, newspapers, projector and screens, a playground and clean toilets and kitchens in hostels are the other key issues.
Two committees will be formed to ensure effective implementation of the suggested measures. One will be a Monitoring Committee for each branch of corporate colleges while the other will be an Ethical Committee to be constituted by the respective District Collectors. The Principals of all colleges including government, aided and private unaided to constitute the committees with a government officer from health/women welfare/other welfare departments, a representative of the management, a woman headmistress of a nearby government school, a woman police officer and two local activists as members.