SRINAGAR: Amid tall claims of streamlining the education system in Kashmir, two major schools in Khrew area of Pampore in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district continue to remain headless for the past six months and another for last three months, at a time when academic session is set to start.
Two higher secondary schools in Khrew viz boys and girls, continue to remain without principals despite their reopening today after a gap of four months.
Last year in the midsession, Mohammad Amin Beigh, Principal, Boys Higher Secondary Schools Khrew was transferred and the vacant post thus created is still unfilled, and at Girls Higher Secondary School, Bashir Ahmed retired in December last year but the institute is still headless.
J&K has been ranked second in education sector in the latest India Today annual ‘State of the States’ ranking survey. But contrary to survey, there are huge numbers of schools which are without principals and even subject teachers, exposing the dismal state of affairs of education sector.
Official figures revealed that in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, 245 schools, 105 in Jammu and 140 in Kashmir don’t have Principal/ Head-masters. Similarly, 2754 schools, 1257 in Jammu and 1497 in Kashmir are without concerned subject teachers.
Ironically, aforesaid boys higher secondary school is also without English and Urdu teachers, sources in the school told STATE TIMES, “In June 2017, Gulshan Ara, English master was transferred on deputation basis from Boys Higher Secondary School Khrew to Government High School Panthachowk, because she has good political influence and since then the aforesaid post is lying vacant with no English teacher to teach the pupils.”
On Tuesday, the schools reopened in south Kashmir after winter vacations but the shortage of the two important teachers are adversely affecting the studies of the students in Boys Higher Secondary Schools Khrew.
The department of education is taking steps to improve the situation in terms of teachers, but there are challenges as State has an acute shortage of regular teachers.
Secretary to Education, Farooq Ahmed Shah, while talking to STATE TIMES admitted the fact that there is shortage of principals in the State, but assured that soon the problem will be sorted out.
“Yes, we have shortage of principals in the State. We are preparing a list of principals who are being promoted and soon we will issue the place of posting against the available vacant posts,” Shah said.
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