Srinagar, July 21: As many as 935 different posts are lying vacant in the education department in north Kashmir's Kupwara district. Causing inconvenience to hundreds of students across the vicinity
According to data available with Rising Kashmir, 26 higher secondary schools do not have principals. Also, 321 lecture posts and 265 general line teacher vacancies are yet to be filled by the department. The details also reveal that 4 HoD diet, 2 ZEOs, 8 ZEPOs, 25 Headmasters, and 300 class IV posts are also vacant in the frontier district.
The parents of the students said insufficient staff in higher secondary schools across the district has put the future of thousands of students at stake.
They said among 53 high-school institutions, 26 are without principals. They went on to say that of 3636 general teachers, only 3371 are in place. The statics also revealed that 25 schools are also without headmasters.
Mohammad Akber, a parent from Langate, told Rising Kashmir that due to staff shortages, the education of thousands of students is at stake. He said that ball parents cannot afford to send their children to private coaching centers.
Akber said that staff shortages in educational institutions can affect the literacy rate in the district. He said at present, the district of Kupwara stands at the 11th position in the literacy rate among 22 districts.
The residents of this frontier district told Rising Kashmir that the department carried out a massive enrollment drive across the district and around 22,000 students were enrolled from December 2021 to April 1, 2022.
According to the officials, the border district has 53 higher secondary schools; 102 high schools; 700 upper primary schools; and 789 primary schools.
Sajad Ahmad of Kupwara told Rising Kashmir that having 326 lecture posts vacant in a single district is not a joke. He said authorities should fill these vacancies on a fast-track basis. So the education of students won’t be affected.
They said they (officials) were leaving no opportunity to provide every facility to students in the district. They stated that 12872 students have been covered under the Gujjar and Bakerwal scholarships. The department in the district has provided free textbooks to 23952 students from classes 1st to 2nd. From 3rd to 8th, 58123 have been provided as free textbooks. In addition, mid-day meals (MDM) are provided to 75,000.
The residents of this border district have urged the lieutenant governor, Monoj Sinha, to direct the concerned department to depute sufficient staff to these schools. So the education of the students across the district will not be revealed.
Chief Education Officer (CEO) Kupwara Abdul Hamid Fani told Rising Kashmir, that they have sent the vacancies list to the higher officials. He said some of the posts have been filled and we are hopeful in the coming days maximum posts will be filled.
Fani also said we are arranging the classes for Higher secondary schools across the district. So, the education of students will not be affected.