100-year-old Sopore school without infrastructure

100-year-old Sopore school without infrastructure

Sopore: Girls Higher Secondary School, one of the oldest educational institutions in this north Kashmir town, is craving for basic facilities.
The school was established in 1917 as a girls-only facility, and it was upgraded to a higher secondary in 1960s.
About 100 years after its establishment, the school is without adequate staff and infrastructure.
According to its principal, Suraiya Jabeen, the school has 20 teachers for1, 500 students.
“It is affecting the quality of education at the school,” she said. “Every teacher here has to take almost six classes in a day. They don’t even get time to prepare their lectures. There should be, at least, three teachers for each subject.”
“The school has to borrow teachers on personal influence for Arabic-like subjects.”
The principal said the school was also short of space.
The school is without a playground, while the municipal authorities concerned have turned the exteriors of the school into a dumping yard.
Jabeen said the heaps of garbage outside the school’s main gate have added to their woes.
“The stink from the garbage doesn’t let the students or teachers concentrate on the work,” she said, adding the school also doesn’t have healthcare facilities for the students.
The principal said they made several pleas to the authorities for development of the school’s infrastructure, but in vain.
The deputy education planning officer concerned, Balbir Singh, said the school has all its lecturer vacancies fulfilled.
“The principal, being the cluster head, can utilise the teachers falling in her cluster as per requirement,” Singh told Kashmir Reader.