Vocational higher secondary education was introduced in the State in 1983-84. Vocational higher secondary education in the State imparts education at plus two level with the objective of achieving self/wage/direct employment as well as vertical mobility. There are 389 Vocational Higher Secondary Schools in the State with a total of 1100 batches. Out of these 261 are in the Government sector and 128 in the aided sector. Kollam (52) followed by Thiruvananthapuram (41) has the largest number of Vocational Higher Secondary Schools in the State. District wise details of Vocational Higher Secondary Schools and courses during 2016-17 are given in Appendix 4.23.
The percentage of students eligible for higher education in Vocational Higher Secondary examination in March 2016 is 74.92 per cent registering a fall from 80.54 per cent in March 2015. The number of students who appeared and those who passed Vocational Higher Secondary examination from 2012 to 2016 and the results of school going students are given in Appendix 4.24 and Appendix 4.25.