SHOPIAN: The teachers and students of the government-run schools complain that the syllabus and text books are far behind in quality when compared to the private schools. They say that the authorities must work on devising the syllabus and prescribe books at par with the standards set by the private institutions.
Muhammad Irfan, a government teacher posted at a primary school said that the students who have to compete with the students of private schools in middle or secondary level of education face immense difficulty.
“The syllabus in private schools is not incomprehensible but it is lack of quality texts and syllabus that forces the students of government schools to lag behind,” he said.
Parents of the students who were studying in government schools are of the opinion that the children of majority of the government teachers, officials and politicians were studying in high profile private schools and the same officials do not care for the children from impoverished families.
Instead of revising the standard of text books, the government last year asked private schools to adopt the JKBOSE books without taking stock of the state of the education system. The government order was opposed tooth and nail by the association of private schools.
Manzoor Ahmad Lone, a resident of Shopian told Kashmir Reader that his son was studying in a government school where he got higher grades but as soon he shifted his son to a private school, he got complaints from the teachers on his below average status. “The reason was only the low standard of books at the government schools. It took my son two years to learn those things which he had not learnt at government school,” he lamented.
Another parent said that the time has changed and the parents can’t stick their children to outdated format of education
Minister of education Altaf Bukhari told Kashmir Reader that he will talk to director academics to look into the matter of amendment in syllabus/textbooks in government schools and will address the issue accordingly. “I don’t know anything about it but we don’t compete with private schools. We are following the NCERT’s prescribed standard,” he said.