Madhyamam has always tried to bring to light the severe discriminations against the Malabar region in the field of education, especially the higher secondary sections, through news stories as well as analytical studies. But the governments in power were adamant to even acknowledge the issue, let alone taking any steps required to resolve it.
A senior CPI-M state leader even argued that it was separatism to speak about the so called discrimination in Malabar. Maybe it is because that they are aware of the fact that the CPI-M, which produced Chief Ministers from Malabar for a long time, has a comprehensible role in the current plight of the region. Being a party that handled the Education Department for a long duration of time, the Muslim League also needed to conceal the disparities in the region. But as the realisation dawned on and the public protests gained momentum, the government was compelled to take immediate action consequently leading to the approval of additional higher secondary batches in the State.
When certain districts in Malabar witnessed an acute shortage of seats, many southern districts were having more seats than their requirement. The situation in Malappuram district was so bad that even a student with an A Plus in all the subjects could not choose a course or school of his or her choice. Certain communal organisations and political leaders had tried to ruin all the attempts to resolve the turmoil with the aid of some media outfits playing the ‘communal card’ and even spreading the word that the Plus One seats were lying vacant in the State.
It was because of such pressure tactics that most of the new schools and batches allotted in the past to the Panchayats with no higher secondary schools happened to be in the Southern districts. The estimate after the latest allotment of new schools and batches shows that districts like Idukki, Kottayam and Pathanamthitta have 1185, 2491, 2567 plus one seats respectively, in excess. In Malabar districts, the number of students unable to find a seat for higher studies after their SSLC is estimated to be 429 in Kasaragod, 1296 in Kannur, 514 in Wayanad, 3408 in Kozhikode, 8834 in Malappuram, 7096 in Palaghat, and 1139 in Thrissur. The above numbers were estimated after taking into consideration the number of applications for the Plus One admission, the available number of Plus One seats after the new allotment in the districts, and also the number of Poly Techniques and VHSE. It reveals the severe scarcity of seats in all the districts of Malabar with Malappuram, home district of the Education Minister, being in the first place.
Instead of taking steps to solve the issue, the government attempted to ease the imbalance in the seats between the districts due to which the discrimination still continues. While the government as well as the Education Department neither had the conviction nor courage to overcome the hassles and sort out the issue ensuring equal justice, others saw it as a business opportunity.
Even though to a small degree, the sanctioning of new Plus Two batches across the State, has certainly reduced the imbalance and brought justice to the students of Malabar considering their long time demands and strenuous struggles.