THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Cabinet sanctioned 22,000 additional seats at the Plus One level in various schools in North Kerala on Monday.
The decision is a sequel to its earlier decision to sanction courses to high schools in panchayats with no higher secondary schools. Seats were proposed to be increased in Thrissur district and districts north of Thrissur to bridge the gap between students who have qualified for higher education in the SSLC examination and the availability of seats.
Briefing the media, Chief Minister V. S. Achuthanandan said two courses each would be sanctioned to 178 schools. Besides, higher secondary courses would be sanctioned in 10 model residential high schools.
Mr. Achuthanandan announced that Onam kits (with provisions and vegetables), costing Rs.71.55 each, would be given free of cost to 20 lakh families living below the poverty line during the festival season