PAMPORE: The Pampore Boys’ Higher Secondary School, despite being one of the oldest in Kashmir, is still devoid of a Commerce stream, forcing students to enroll at Srinagar schools in case they want to study Commerce.
The Higher Secondary in Kadlabal area of Pulwama town has been running now for over half a century.
Established in the mid-sixties as a High School, it was gradually upgraded to a Higher Secondary School in the early seventies.
The school has Science and Arts streams but, despite repeated pleas by locals, a Commerce stream is yet to be initiated. The school caters to a population of over 28,000 people.
Locals say they have time and again reminded the concerned authorities regarding the up-gradation but to no avail.
“Every one cannot afford to go to Srinagar or other such places on a daily basis. If we had a commerce stream here, things would have been easier for our boys,” Muzaffar Ahmad, a local, told Kashmir Reader.
Sources in the school told Kashmir Reader that the institution had ample infrastructure to house a commerce stream.
“Reluctance of authorities to start commerce stream here is baffling,” sources said, adding that 25 kanals of land were lying vacant within the school premises which could have been utilised in a better manner.
The Education department, however, cites a lack of manpower as the reason for not establishing a commerce stream at Pampore and some other higher secondary schools.
“Commerce has three sub-streams and establishing the commerce stream at any higher secondary means at least three new teachers. That has been a major concern,” the Director Education, Ghulam Nabi Ittoo, told Kashmir Reader.
He said that plans are afloat in the department to establish at least one Higher Secondary in every district where all three streams are taught.