The government is likely to suspend the teaching staff and Head of the Institutions (HoD) of those government schools that have shown zero pass percentage in 10th standard examinations.
Besides suspension, the authorities are also mulling to withhold the salary of those subject teachers whose schools have shown pass percentage of less than 20 percent in their respective institutions.
An official at the Directorate of School Education Kashmir (DSEK) told Rising Kashmir that the initiative of suspending and withholding salaries of the teachers was started last year.
“The salary of subject-specific teachers whose schools failed to show pass percentage of more than 30 will be withheld,” he said.
The official said the salary of those teachers would only be disbursed when they their schools show progress in the upcoming bi-annual exams of the 10th standard.
“Moreover, the subject-specific teachers have been asked to provide remedial classes to those students who failed in the exams,” he said.
Official said the teachers had to bring improvement among the students in their respective subjects.
The annual result of 10th standard was declared last week with an overall pass percentage of 74.79 percent.
However, nine government schools recorded zero pass percentage in 10th standard annual examination while 28 other government schools recorded pass percentage of below 20 percent.
Besides, 37 government schools, four public schools also recorded below 20 percent pass percentage in 10th standard annual examination.
The government schools with zero percent pass percentage includes Government High School (GHS) Issoo Anantnag, GHS Kachwan Anantnag, GHS Chree Kokernag, GHS Katson Bandipora, GHS Panar Bandipora, GHS Shalnar Budgam, GHS Kalantara Payeen Baramulla, Government Higher Secondary School (GHSS) Guffan Yaripora Kulgam and GHS Moori in Kupwara.
Ironically, only 65 students were enrolled in these government institutions in 10th standard - highlighting the issue of Teacher Pupil Ratio (TPR) in government-run-schools.
Likewise, the government schools with a pass percentage of below 20 percent includes Government Boys High School (GBHS) Barzulla Rawalpora Srinagar that recorded only 11.11 pass percentage; GHS Trahpoo Anantnag with 12.50 percent; GHS Chewa Submal with 10.34 percent; GHS Chandpora Budgam with 11.11 percent; GHS Bothu Bandipora with 12.50 percent; GBHS Warpora Sopore with 15.38 percent and GHS Tangmarg Kulgam with 14.29 percent.
Director of School Education Kashmir, Mohammad Younis Malik said, “Action will be definitely taken against those government teachers or HoI’s under whom poor results were shown.”
Malik said that the department had already started inquiring about the issue.
“Very soon we are going to execute the actions we have decided to take against the particular school or teachers with regard to poor results of 10th standard,” he said. “Some percent of the salaries of the respective government teachers and other teaching staff will be withheld till they show improvement.”