Tribal high school at Zagoo on Budgam’s borders lacks infrastructure, staff

Tribal high school at Zagoo on Budgam’s borders lacks infrastructure, staff

Ishfaq Reshi
Budgam: Government High School (GHS) Zoogu, a tribal school in central Kashmir’s Budgam district is facing acute shortage of teaching staff and infrastructure. The school located in Hardpanzoo zone is headless for a long time.
“The functioning of the school has been badly affected due to the lack of adequate staff,” a group of locals said.
The co-education school has around 350 students on rolls. Worse, the school has no female teacher.
“The school has 13 sanctioned posts but only 9 posts have been filled. The school has no headmaster,” a teacher said.
He said the school lacks on infrastructure as well. “There are no separate washrooms. The school premises are not fenced and students have no ground to play in,” he said.
The locals said they apprised the senior functionaries of the education department about the dearth of staff many a times but to no avail.
“Most of the times the students sit idle in their classrooms due to lack of teaching staff,” a class X student told Kashmir Reader
Ghulam Ahmad Bhat, ZEO Hardepanzoo said that he would take up the issue of staff dearth with the higher-ups of the department.
Chief Education Officer (CEO) Budgam Inderjeet Sharma told Kashmir Reader that he would look into the matter.
“I have been informed that there is shortage of teachers as per the roll of the students,” Sharma said adding efforts will be made to depute some more teachers to the school.

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