BENGALURU: For the first time, four Kendriya Vidyalaya Schools in India have been allowed to conduct a second shift of classes. And Kendriya Vidyalaya school in Malleswaram is one of them and the only one in Karnataka.
The three other schools are KV-Vasant Kunj in Delhi, KV Bhandup and KV Ajani Nagar in Maharashtra. This was sanctioned by union minister of Human Resource Development (HRD) Prakash Javadekar who is also the chairperson of KVS on June 8. This was done due to heavy demand in admission to these schools by the local state government employees.
Accordingly, the schools will be able to start new academic sessions from 2018-19 in the second shift, starting from 12:30 pm to 6 pm. This will be done for first to eighth standards. The first shift will start at 7 am and get over by 12:25 pm. The newly opened classes will further grow up to 12th standard on year on year basis based on feasibility, says the order.
Not just that. This is the only school out of the four to be allowed to operate two sections each per class in the second shift. P Devakumar, deputy commissioner of KV Sanghathan Bengaluru Region said, “Over 1300 students are in the waiting list for admission to first grade in KV Malleswaram. While the normal intake in each of the section in KV schools is 45, we have an average of 55 students in each section in some schools, including this one. At least 640 students under the state government employee quota will be benefitted with the additional classes.”
The present students of the school in each class will be moved to the morning shift. Additionally, 31 posts for teaching staff and a vice-principal has been sanctioned on June 13 by the ministry for KV Malleswaram. Devakumar added that the vice-principal will have academic and administrative control over the afternoon shift classes and students will have separate teachers for each of the subjects too. Only physical infrastructure will be shared by students from both shifts.
Box: New KV in Yesvantpur soon
A new Kendriya Vidyalaya School will be opened near the Yesvantpur railway station soon. The chairman of the school will be the divisional railway manager of Bengaluru division of South Western Railway. “The railways have already shared 5.2 acres of land near the railway station already and we are already in process of construction. But the admissions may happen for 2019-20 academic year,” Devakumar told TOI.
It would cost Rs 20 crores to build the school which will have primary and secondary sections (till 12th standard) with two sections each per class.
“We also proposed to start second shift in the KV within IISc campus but that has not got a green signal from the top order in IISc management. But the primary and secondary education department has shown interest in starting the afternoon shift in this school,” he added.