THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The General Education Minister of Kerala, V Sivankutty, expressed his sorrow over the tragic suicide of a girl student in Malappuram district on Wednesday.
However, he refuted reports suggesting that the student took her life due to not securing a seat for plus one during the admissions process. The minister’s statement came amidst strong criticism from opposition parties regarding the alleged lack of seats for higher secondary students in schools in the Malappuram district.
Addressing the assembly, the minister stated that information about the cause of death of the state-run school student from Parappanangadi was obtained from the police.“As per the preliminary information, it is understood that there is no chance for the student not getting a seat. Only the first phase of the allotment has been completed.The second phase of allotment and the community quota admission are beginning today,” he said.
Sivankutty further clarified that nearly all students will secure admission by the third phase of allotment. Following this, there would be supplementary allotments, and classes would commence only on June 24. The minister assured that all students would be guaranteed admission in various courses by that time.
“It is very painful that the child bid adieu without waiting for this,” he said, and urged (the media) to refrain from causing any mental stress to students and parents through “unnecessary discussion” about the plus one admission.