GHS Shallbugh lacks infrastructure

GHS Shallbugh lacks infrastructure
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SURIA HAMID

Shallabugh: Like most of rural government schools, Government Girls High School Shallabugh in Ganderbal is facing dearth of teachers besides lack of basic infrastructure.
What is more, students from KG to Grade 2 are taking classes foul smelling flood hit rooms.
Seven teachers of the school were suspended last year after the class 8th results. Although the school had 35 percent pass percentage overall, a teacher said, the percentage in two subjects was less than 20 percent leading to suspension of teachers.
Three of the suspended teachers are yet to be reinstated. With eleven teachers for KG and ten classes, the teachers give back to back classes without any break.
The school has fared badly in the last few years in exams, as it remained headless for around seven years, from 2010 to 2017. The school has no female teacher despite a government directive to have 70 percent female staff in a girls school, a teacher said.
Students complained of lack of usable washrooms, which they said have never been repaired since the school was upgraded to high school in 1995.
“We suffer most as the lock of washroom is not working and there are no dustbins available in the washroom,” Insha Jan, a 10th standard said.
Three flood hit classes in a separate building used by classes KG to 2nd grade have not been repaired.
“The classrooms are not good for health of kids due to the foul smell and can collapse anytime,” said Mohammad Yousuf Wani, a teacher.
The school has a computer lab, but has no monitors, so it is locked. A library and science lab is not available.
“The practical of 10th are conducted in the office on a small table kept in a corner,” he added.
Teachers also complain of vacant posts, and back to back classes. Some classes are also combined.
CEO Ganderbal Muhammad Afzal Sheikh said four teachers to the school would be appointed soon.
“Within a week clear vacancy shall be filled by contractual engagement of teachers in the schools,” he said.

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