Srinagar, June 09: The students of Government High School Gopalpora in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district are yet to come to terms and are deeply missing their female teacher Rajni Bala, who was recently killed by gunmen outside her school.
Since her death, the school—having an enrollment of 250 children—wears a deserted look as the students miss their teacher amid sobs and are unable to bear the loss.
Rajni Bala, the school teacher was killed last week by the gunmen. The teachers’ killing was condemned by one and all in the area.
On Thursday, the students welcomed the Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha’s decision to rename the school after their slain female teacher.
Saqib Wani, a student told Rising Kashmir that renaming the school is a good move from the Jammu and Kashmir administration for their beloved teacher.
“It will be the biggest tribute to her. We will always remember her in our prayers. Rajni mam would love each student and would always be missed by all,” he said.
The student said the late teacher would never use a stick in the classroom and would always come to attend classes with a smile on her face.
“We don’t know who killed her and why they snatched her from us,” he sighed.
After observing two-minute silence as a tribute to the slain teacher at the school, the students said that the teacher will always be remembered for her great contribution to their education.
Another student, Sabeena Gul said the late school teacher will be alive in their hearts forever. “Nobody can replace her in our hearts. She was not only a teacher but a parent and mother who would always treat us like her own children,” she said.
“Rajni Ma’am was loved by all the students of the school. She would always help students in clearing doubt during exams. Ma’am will be remembered always for her great contribution to this school,” said Sabeena.
Chief Education Officer (CEO) Kulgam, Muhammad Ashraf said the killing of the teacher has shocked the entire Kashmir and it is a huge loss to the whole Education Department.
“Her killing has turned the school into a deserted building. We pray for her peace and patience to her family members to bear this unexpected and unbearable loss,” he said.
The CEO assured that the department will try every possible way to ensure safe relocation of the minority staff in the district.
“Within two days, the school will be renamed after Rajni Bala in presence of District Administration. We have already appealed to higher authorities for fencing of this school as well,” he said.
On Wednesday, Directors of School Education of Jammu & Kashmir regions, ordered a two-minute silence in all schools to mark the observance of the 10th day since the killing of Rajni Bala on May 31.
As per police, the teacher was shot from a close range outside the High School Gopalpora Kulgam leaving her critically injured and later succumbed to her injuries in a local hospital.