The schools have been asked to start taking admissions for classes 11 and 12. Considering the upgradation, the education department has also extended the deadline for admissions till August 31.
Previously, these government schools only had classes up to class 10. Now, they have been allowed to teach classes upto class 12 and will be identified as Government Senior Secondary Schools.
District education officer Indu Boken Kasana sent a letter on Thursday to the eight schools and the respective block education officers to comply with the order. The newly upgraded schools include the Government Senior Secondary Schools in Lakhuvas, Dhanwapur, Hayatpur, Rethoj, Kankrola, Nakhrola, Kanhai and Sadrana,
Speaking on the low number of admission applications, a senior official from the secondary education department told TOI, “Compartmental exams were still going on for several subjects. This might be the reason that students could not apply for admissions in class 11. Further, the Nuh situation also led to a delay as the process had come to a halt in the area and the principals from the region had demanded an extension.”
“Now that several schools are being upgraded state-wide, we need ample days to fill up the new seats,” the official added.
All eight schools have been asked to put up their upgraded status on the school board and change their names to Government Senior Secondary Schools. They have also been asked to send the cases of drawing distribution under the name of the senior-most teacher of their schools to the department within two days.
“Several schools were yet to fill up their seats in time, after which the department had to extend the deadline for the admissions. Now that we have so little time on our hands, how are we supposed to fill up the seats for a class to run at our schools within a week,” said a clerical staff member from one of the upgraded schools.
“We could only take 15 admissions in the past two weeks, for classes 7 to 9. Our teaching resources will not have enough students to teach if we start the senior secondary classes from this year. The request was submitted a long time ago, but the department delayed upgrading the status,” the staff member added.