Pampore: For 36 students studying in five classes, the Government Primary School at Hatiwara, Pampore, has just one teacher.
The teacher, Fayaz Ahmad, said he has been running the school alone since 2012 after his only colleague went on a study leave. He said he has to manage 29 classes a day and also handle the administrative affairs of the school.
“I informed the Zonal Education Office Pampore several times, but my requests were not acted upon,” he said.
According to Ahmad, parents in the locality have been reluctant to send their wards to the school for education.
“When I ask them to send their wards to our school, they question the infrastructure we have. Besides, it has been difficult to admit students in the school due to lack of staff,” he said, adding most families were unwillingly sending their children to a school in Lethpora, which is about two kilometers away from the village.
“Nobody wants to send their children to Lethpora because of the rush of traffic on the highway, but many parents are now taking the risk. Some of them have even managed transport facility for their children.”
The residents said they also approached the Zonal Education Office several times, but to no avail.
“Despite his efforts, the students do not proper education. How can he do justice when he has to teach 29 classes a day?” Mushtaq Ahmad, a resident, said.
Director School Education, Dr Shah Faesal, told Kashmir Reader he wasn’t aware of the problem.
“The primary school would get four more teachers soon,” he said, adding that he would enquire as to why the school did not get the requisite number of teachers.