Bandipora: Scores of school children from hilly areas of Bandipora district on Friday marched to mini secretariat Bandipora to demand proper education from the administration.
The students hailing from Pethkot and Dachina villages shouted slogans against the Chief Education Officer Bandipora for “ruining their careers.”
The aggrieved students said that the teacher student ratio in their schools is not sufficient to fulfill their educational needs.
Students, who were accompanied by the local residents, said that they belonged to poor families and could not afford to go to private schools for education.
“We have never even seen the face of the CEO and our headmaster. Among four teachers in our school, two remain busy with office works and other two have to attend to eight classes, tell me is this justice?” a girl student asked.
“We belong to poor families and can’t afford private tuitions. The extreme oppression of the education department is ruining our lives and careers,” she said.
The protesting students who were later called by the Deputy Commissioner Bandipora in their office made a desperate appeal to him with tears rolling down their eyes to depute more teachers to their school.
Calling the student protest as genuine, Deputy Commissioner Bandipora Khurshid Ahmad Sanai said that the district was already facing dearth of teachers and “after CM cancelled the deployments it also affected the situation.”
He said that the rationalisation can still be improved.
“We will revive the teacher school ratio and depute them to the schools which are facing the dearth of staff and hopefully things will improve within days,” he said.
He admitted that the mountainous areas have very less teacher school ratio in Bandipora.
“There are few schools in these areas where teacher-student ratio is very low. In this regard I have called the meeting with Chief Education Officer so that they are also taken care of.”