Srinagar: At least 1300 posts of teachers are lying vacant in the school education department which has taken a toll on the academic of students enrolled in government schools.
The vacancies include 70 percent quota which is reserved for graduate candidates and 30 percent quota for science and mathematics graduates.
As per the official figures, around 320 posts- 224 posts of graduates and 96 posts of science and maths gradates are vacant in Anantnag district while as 15 posts are vacant in Bandipora district. These posts include 81 posts of normal graduates and 34 of science and mathematics graduates.
The official figures reveal that 264 posts including 185 graduate and 79 posts meant for subject specific teachers are vacant in Baramulla district.
Also, 137 posts of teachers including 96 meant for normal graduate teachers and 41 for subject specific teachers (mathematics and science) are vacant in Budgam district.
“89 posts of teachers are vacant in Ganderbal district. These include 62 posts for graduate candidates and 27 for those candidates who have mathematics and science in their graduation subject,” the official figures have revealed.
The figures further reveal that 88 posts of teachers have remained unfilled in the school education department for Kulgam district. These include 62 posts for normal graduate candidates and 26 posts of teachers are meant for science and mathematics graduates.
Around 38 posts of teachers including 27 for normal graduates and 11 for science and mathematics graduates are unfilled in Kupwara district while as 184 posts including 129 posts for normal graduates and 55 for science and mathematics graduates, are vacant in Pulwama district.
Interestingly, the school education department on February 15 this year referred 3450 non-gazetted vacancies to JK Service Selection Board (SSB) for recruitment. However, the SSB-recruiting agency for non gazetted posts is yet to start the recruitment process for the posts. Given the delay in the selection process the schools continue to remain teacher deficient affecting the academics in schools.
Director School Education Kashmir (DSEK) G N Itoo admitted the dearth of teachers in schools and said they have decided to recruit academic arrangements in schools this year in schools which have dearth of staff for students.
“Earlier, we used to engage 10 2 lecturers in higher secondary schools but now we will engage academic arrangement teachers in Primary, middle and high schools as well to address the dearth of staff,” he said.
He said they have also taken up the matter with SSB to expedite the selection process for teacher recruitment in the school education department.
“We are hopeful that the recruitment of teachers will be completed in coming three months so that our students in government schools won’t face any deficiency of teachers,” he said.