Students suffer, authorities unmoved
Baramulla: Some one hundred posts of teachers including headmasters are vacant in the border town Uri’s Jhulla zone.
Sources in the Education department told Kashmir Reader that many government schools were running without headmasters, principals and mathematics teachers from years. “There are 33 master grade vacant posts, 35 teacher grade and 20 RRT posts are vacant in this educational zone (Jhulla) which is very close to the line of control” an official of the Education department said. He said that some schools with more than hundred students enrolled had only two or three teachers.
“Despite higher officials aware of it nobody is paying attention,” he said. “A dozen middle schools are completely without head masters while several high schools are without master grade masters.” Uri has four educational zones, Boniyar, Chandanwari, Uri and Jhulla. Jhulla is the last zone which falls very close to the line of control
Another official said that only two zonal education officers were managing the four zones. “Jaleel Ahmad Khawaja is leading Boniyar and Chandanwari zones while as Mohammad Syeed Khan is leading Uri and Jhulla educational zones, both the ZEOs are working three days a week in each zone,” he said.
Local residents in the zone, whose children study in the schools, said that they wrote several letters to higher officials of Education department and submitted several complaints to the grievance cell of chief minister, but to no avail.
“We hope the Education minister will take serious steps and fill these vacant posts of teachers, masters and ZEOs,” a group of resident said.