20-year-old school has 1 teacher for 5 classes

20-year-old school has 1 teacher for 5 classes

Baramulla: Primary School Tilgam in Pattan area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district has a single teacher to teach five classes, exposing the state’s claims that every step is being taken to promote school education in rural areas.
The school has more than 50 students enrolled in classes 1 to 5th.
Gulam Mohammad, a resident, said: “More than 50 students are enrolled in this Mixed Primary School (MPS) at Tilgam, but the department could just manage a single teacher for them.” He said the school was established about 20 years ago and it had three teachers until last year.
“The department transferred two of the three teachers to elsewhere, and left the school with just one female teacher,” he said.
Last month, the residents said, the school needed to be closed for more than ten days because it was the teacher’s wedding. In her absence, there was no one to engage the students, they added.
They said they approached the zonal education officer Nihalpora for appointment of more teachers at the school.
Chief education officer (CEO) Baramulla, Mushtaq Ahmad, said he would look into the matter.
“I have no information about the school, but I will talk to the zonal education officer Nihalpora. We will post two more teachers there,” he said.