Inter Students Protest In Patna Against Govt’s Decision To Discontinue Plus Two Classes In Colleges

In a notification issued last month, the Education Department said that while such classes had been discontinued in Patna University about a decade ago, the same will cease to be held at colleges falling under other varsities from the academic session beginning in April this year.

According to the notification, the intermediate education (in all three streams — arts, science and commerce) will now be imparted only in higher secondary schools from the new session.

The department also said the delinking of intermediate (plus two) from colleges has been recommended in the Universities Act but the same could not be enforced until now because of inadequate infrastructure and manpower in higher secondary schools.

The resolution regarding this matter has already been officially notified in the state gazette. Back in 2007, the Nitish Kumar government had made a policy decision to gradually phase out intermediate education from colleges, aligning with the National Education Policy (1986/92). As part of this decision, the government introduced the 10+2 format for plus two education.

“The department has already developed large-scale infrastructure and recruited 67,961 teachers for higher secondary schools and another 65,737 teachers in secondary schools under a special drive. The government schools are now equipped to handle plus two education”, says the notification.

Earlier, the Bihar government had also taken a policy decision to have one higher secondary school in every panchayat and had upgraded the existing secondary schools.