Presence of ZEO’s office squeezes Pampore middle school into two rooms

Pampore: The zonal education officer (ZEO) has occupied three of the five classrooms of Girls Middle School Tulbagh in Pampore town of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, affecting the students’ education.
The office of the ZEO was shifted into the school building as a result of the 2014 floods, which had damaged the actual ZEO office.
Since then, the authorities have apparently made no efforts to shift the office to its original place, while the eight classes of the school are squeezed in the remaining two rooms of the building.
The school has 30 students and six teachers.
“There are eight classes that we have to accommodate in just two rooms. It has caused a chaos in which teaching students is not possible,” one of the teachers told Kashmir Reader, pleading anonymity.
The teachers said the headmaster of the school has repeatedly requested the authorities to have the school building vacated.
“But they are not paying heed to it,” they said. “Often, the higher officials inspect the schools here to see if the things are going on smoothly. But it is strange that they never show any concern about a problem such as ours.”
The teachers said they are forced to take classes in open air.
“This arrangement only works on sunny days. The problem aggravates when it rains or is cold outside,” they said.
Earlier, the school building was occupied by Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) wing of the ZEO’s office, the teachers said.
The parents of the students said they were shocked to see the ZEO not be bothered about the shortage of space caused by his office’s presence in the school building.
“What would be the condition of the schools in hilly areas of the zone if the students suffer under the nose of ZEO here?” questioned a group of parents, while talking to Kashmir Reader.
Director school education, Kashmir, Shah Faesal, said the ZEO office would be relocated as soon as an alternate arrangement for it is made.
“The problem will be sorted out soon,” he said.