Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Government today announced a policy for changing the norms and standards for upgrading government schools affiliated to HP Board of School Education. The upgradation of the schools would now be carried out taking into consideration the student strength and minimum walkable distance to the school.
Disclosing this in the state assembly, education minister ID Dhiman said that for upgrading a middle school to high school the feeder middle school (which is under consideration for upgrading) should have at least 15 students in class VIII and the walkable distance of the nearest existing high school from there should be three kilometres.
For upgrading high school to senior secondary school, the minimum number of students available in class X of the feeder school should be 25 and the minimum walkable distance from there till the existing senior secondary school should be 5 kilometres. He said that so far the policy of the government to upgrade schools was based on norms and conditions like population of the area, prospective number of students in the school, availability of land and building, but there were no specific norms defined on which the decision fro upgrading the school could be based strictly.
‘‘Looking at the need for expansion of schools in the state, the policy and set rules were required and I urge the members of the House to give constructive cooperation to the government in implementing them,’’ Dhiman said.