Minister for Education Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari on Friday informed the House that Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir has issued instructions to the Deputy Commissioners of the division to exempt teaching staff from performing election-related duties in the interest of the student community.

The spokesman said replying to a question of legislator Zaffar Iqbal Manhas, the Minister said the government is also pursuing the matter with General Administration Department for exempting teaching staff from all non-teaching assignments including election duties.

He further said that the School Education Department has directed for cancellation of deployments/utilization of teachers/Masters on non-teaching assignments and have been asked to report for teaching duties at their original/substantive places of postings.

Replying to a supplementary question of legislator Surinder Mohan Ambardar, the Minister said the government would allow the formation of Students Councils in Schools, Colleges and Universities in Srinagar so that the student fraternity in Valley enjoys the same fruits of democracy as the student community in the rest of the country enjoys.

Legislators, Ghulam Nabi Monga and Khursheed Alam also raised supplementary questions related to the main question.

Replying to another question of legislator Showkat Hussain Ganaie, the Minister informed that the government would construct a Degree College at Wachi in Shopian.

He further informed that the government has approved up-gradation of 200 Middle Schools (100 in each division) to the level of High School and 200 High Schools (100 in each division) to the level of Higher Secondary School in the state. The Cabinet has also approved the opening of 17 new Degree Colleges in uncovered areas of the state, he added.

“The government is examining the up-gradation of High Schools to the level of Higher Secondary Schools in Shopian,” the Minister said, adding that the up-gradation of these schools shall be subject to availability of funds for the creation of requisite staff and infrastructure, he added.

Replying to a supplementary question of legislator Sajjad Ahmad Kichloo, the Minister assured that the new academic session in all colleges across the state would be started with adequate teaching staff.

Legislators Pradeep Sharma and Javed Ahmad Mirchal also raised supplementary questions which were replied by the Minis.


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