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Several government higher secondary schools in the region that were upgraded to that status prior to 2011 are not able to fulfil the demand for commerce group from students in rural parts due to what the school heads describe as the reluctance of the government to sanction posts of PG teachers in Economics, History, Accountancy and Commerce.

Out of 3,300 government higher secondary school across the State, as many as 1,800 institutions do not offer Commerce group.

"Commerce group is available only in schools that were upgraded after 2011, and in those older institutions where it was offered with the support of Parent-Teacher Associations. The Government has to take cognisance of the rising demand for Commerce group over the years and sanction posts for PG teachers in Economics, History, Accountancy and Commerce in all the remaining schools," State President of Tamil Nadu Post Graduate Teachers' Association Manivasagan said.

The government has to understand that the rural students are losing much due to denial of opportunity to pursue arts programs at college-level.

According to another government school headmaster, the reluctance of the government to sanction commerce group at higher secondary level for all schools has a bearing on the declining admissions in engineering course.

The perception seems to be that aspirants for engineering programmes will dwindle further if commerce group was started, he felt.

Other school heads say unlike in the past, a good number of students with high scores in SSLC now prefer commerce group over science groups, for deriving the benefit of wider career options. Rural students deserve a lot to secure admission in arts programmes that are more helpful for them to take up competitive examinations for postings in government jobs, they say.

Teacher organisations say there is a cause for concern among parents in rural parts since the government is not filling the posts of retiring teachers in vocational groups which provided students the opportunity to utilise their skills for earning a livelihood right after schooling.


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