Baramulla: Government High School (GHS) Gawalta in bordering Uri town has four teachers for 124 students. The school teaches students in 11 classes from KG to class 10th grade.
Gwajata is last civilian village of the Uri along the line of control on Srinagar-Muzafarabad national highway.
“The department of education upgraded our middle school in 2011 to a secondary school, but no additional teacher has been appointed since,” said the former village head (sarpanch) of Gawalta, Raja Nadeem Abasi.
Nadeem said that the shortage of teachers is not the only a problem. “The school building is made of tin sheets and is not suitable for classes”, he said, adding that the tin structure was constructed for temporarily holding classes after 2005 earthquake destroyed the school building in the village. “An NGO construed a tin building. But 12 years later, school is still in a tin shed”.
J&K Government started construction of new school building years ago, but the work has been stopped due to unknown reasons.
Wasim Ahmad, a student of school said, “Teachers can’t teach all the subjects. We informed several district officers about our problem. We live along the LOC in army zone, that is why we can’t protest here. That is why the education department does not care to solve our problem,” Wasim said.