Instructor crunch: Tamil Nadu shuts kindergarten in 2,000 colleges | Chennai Information

Instructor crunch: Tamil Nadu shuts kindergarten in 2,000 colleges |  Chennai Information
CHENNAI: Launched three years in the past, the kindergarten wing in 2,381 authorities colleges throughout the state has been shut on account of academics’ scarcity.
All academics assigned to take lessons for LKG and UKG have been transferred to different colleges and there might be no admissions for these sections in these colleges for 2022-23, faculty schooling division officers mentioned.
Greater than 43,000 college students who selected the Montessori-based pre-primary schooling will now research on the identical anganwadi facilities that can perform beneath the social welfare division.
In 2019-20, the federal government launched on a pilot foundation LKG and UKG lessons in 2,381 anganwadi facilities functioning in authorities center colleges and posted surplus academics from major colleges to show KG college students.
Now there are only a few academics. “Following an enormous migration of scholars from non-public colleges to authorities colleges final yr, authorities major colleges confronted a trainer scarcity. Greater than 4,500 academics had been wanted to make sure Class I and II college students have academics. So, the federal government transferred 2,381 academics again to major colleges,” an official mentioned.
Enrolment in colleges with KG sections didn’t see any improve up to now three years, the official added.
Govt ought to rethink shutting KG system down: Educationists
A number of educationists say the federal government ought to have a rethink about shutting down the KG system. “The Montessori system at pre-primary degree will give a sturdy introduction to studying abilities which are badly lacking for presidency faculty college students. The state authorities ought to carry again LKG, UKG lessons in authorities colleges,” mentioned V Vasanthidevi, former vice-chancellor of Manonmaniam Sundaranar College. She additionally needed the federal government to take steps to make colleges out there for all kids from the age of three.
A number of academics mentioned mother and father don’t wait until age 5 to enroll their wards in Class I.
“Many admit youngsters aged three to nursery colleges the place they continue to be until Class V. Faculty schooling division ought to begin KG sections in all authorities major and center colleges. They need to additionally appoint educated academics for kindergarten sections,” mentioned P Patric Raymond, common secretary of the Tamil Nadu Graduate Lecturers Federation.
Nonetheless, speaking in Thanjavur, faculty schooling minister Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi informed reporters that LKG, UKG sections weren’t closed. “The administration has been transferred to the social welfare division from the college schooling division. College students will proceed to check in these sections and the federal government will present them instructional kits and instructing studying supplies,” he mentioned.