Despite government claims that education sector is on its top priority most of the schools in frontier district of Kupwara are facing shortage of staff affecting the academic activities.
Recently Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand who holds the Education portfolio had claimed that he would fill all the vacancies in the Department.
However, sources told KNS that atleast 469 posts of lectures in various higher secondary schools are vacant while most of the institutions were either without principals or left entirely on the mercy of the contractual staff.
“Higher Secondary School Ashpora has 300 students in 11th and 12th classes. It has 14 posts of lecturers sanctioned, but unfortunately all of them are lying vacant. The school has no permanent lecturer,” locals told KNS.
They added that Girls Higher Secondary School Langeth has 100 students and 15 posts of lecturers including one principal post sanctioned. “But no permanent lecturer is posted there. Similarly Higher Secondary School Muqam Hindwandpora has 13 posts sanctioned for 800 students out of which 10 are vacant. The school is also without a principal,” they added.
Similarly, the Higher Secondary Yensu has 12 vacant posts out of sanctioned 16, while Higher Secondary Qalamabad which has 600 students on its rolls, has 11 vacant posts out of sanctioned 12.
Schools in Rajwar area have 36 master and 44 teacher posts vacant for the last more than a decade. The present posts, according to the sources, also have been sanctioned decades before and no attempts have been made to upgrade the posts.
Govt. High School Wader has only five teachers for 177 students. Sources said that most of the schools are without fencing and water facilities. “Some schools don’t have even toilet facilities despite official claims of having funds available for the purpose,” sources added.
The district administration, however, said that the recent list of almost 500 teachers has been stayed by the court which has created problems.
“The case is pending in the court. Let it decide about the list, we will be able to sort out the problems,” Deputy Commissioner Kupwara Itrat Husain told KNS.