Bandipora: The people in Bandipora boast of the region being abode of ilm (knowledge) but complain the education department has miserably failed in safeguarding the title due to its failure in upgrading educational institutes at grass roots level.
The condition of the government run middle and primary schools is poorer in imparting quality education. Plagued with problems of lack of staff, accommodation and infrastructure, the authorities in the department are busy in promoting their blue-eyed teachers for choicest postings.
The tale of one such school in Sirander village in the upper reaches of Bandipora is equally disappointing like any other school in the district.
Established in the year 1958 the Government middle school, Sirander has only two rooms to accommodate students upto class VIII. An office space has been partitioned by cardboard to accommodate students of class 8th. “We are helpless. The least we could do was to put them here,” headmaster of the school said.The school doesn’t have washrooms too.
The school is in the sordid state for past 69 years since it was established. The government has not done anything to increase the school’s infrastructure or even located land inside the village for its up gradation. The school ran in a rented house till 2006, after which a local villager, Zakir, donated his one Kanal land for the construction of the school in 2006.
The department completed the construction in 2008. Till date the school hasn’t been upgraded, but runs in two rooms, accommodating around 56 students, documents reveal.
“Most of the school going children either spend their time playing in the fields or don’t show up in the school due to lack of accommodation and staff”, locals say.
The school which requires eight teachers has only three to attend to the students. Most of the teachers in these schools are on ‘deployment’.
The documents reveal that two teachers draw salary from this school but are working somewhere else at convenient locations.
Chief Education officer Bandipora Munshi Javid said the infrastructure upgradation can be done only when additional land is available. “We don’t have any additional land in the specific location to improve the accommodation or issues of the students,” he said.