Students protest shortage of teachers at Kangan school

Students protest shortage of teachers at Kangan school

By Sheikh Anees

Kangan: Hundreds of students staged a protest on Tuesday at Kangan Ganderbal, in central Kashmir against the shortage of teachers in their school.
Shouting slogans, the students from the Government High School Surfarw took out a protest rally forenoon and subsequently blocked the Srinagar-Leh highway near Hariganwan, Kangan.
The protest caused disruption in the traffic movement.
The protesters said the school only has nine teachers, while the five faculty posts have been lying vacant.
The ‘inadequate’ number of teachers in the school was affecting the studies of about 300 enrolled students, they said.
Despite taking up the issue with higher authorities, nothing has been done to resolve the issue, they said.
“Our school doesn’t have sufficient staff. The government’s claims of adequate staff in our school are based on papers,” Javid Ahmad Khan, a student of 9th class who was among the protesters said.
The protest was called off after police and the local PDP candidate assured the protesters.
Later deputy chief education officer, Ganderbal, Sonaullah Mir, and zonal education officer, Hariganwan, visited the school and arranged two teachers for the school.

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