Children, parents unmoved by ‘move school’ announcement

Srinagar: The government’s decision to start ‘Move School’ has fallen flat on ground as the students of Durbar Move employees did not bother to take this issue seriously.

Pertinently, the government had announced that ‘move schools’ will be started from the current academic session, however the announcement has got a lukewarm response from the students.

“The announcement remained confined to papers only. Government couldn’t set up the school this year,” a top official in the school education department said wishing not to be named.

Interestingly, education minister in September this year announced that two schools will be established, one each in Srinagar and Jammu, where the children of Durbar Move employees can get admissions and study till Class 8th.

The announcement according to the minister was made given to a long and overdue demand of the employees in this regard.

“The department is yet to chalk out financial liability due to which the initiative is yet a non starter,” the official said.

Earlier, the government had stated that that National High School in Karan Nagar has been identified for Srinagar where ‘move school’ will be established.

“Government has already shifted four government schools to ‘National School’ some three years ago. The government is yet to settle that issue with the management of the school but has decided to open another ‘move school’ there,” the official said.

The official said the government, before setting up ‘move school’ in National School building, has to fulfill demands of the teachers engaged in National school from past several years.

“To start the ‘move school’ the government has to take over the National school for which the staff demands that they should be absorbed in the new -move school if government is ready to take over the school.

“The government is yet to resolve previous issues but has decided to initiate new programmes on which they may not succeed,” the official said.

The official said the management of National school approached the government number of times to take over the National school building and its land as well. “But they put forth other demands as well which caused delay in it,” he said.

Director School Education Kashmir GN Itoo said the initiative was under proper consideration of the government and may be started in shortest possible time.

“The process is in the pipeline. We will provide this facility to children of move employees so that their academics won’t suffer,” Itoo said.


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