Commerce chaos at headless Budgam school

Commerce chaos at headless Budgam school
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Junaid Dar

Charar-i-sharief: A higher secondary school in Budgam district is without a head since July last year, even as the institute is facing a host of problems.
Students at the Government Boys Higher Secondary School Charar-i-Sharief say that apart from several basic facilities that the institute lacks despite being the oldest higher secondary institute in the district, lack of Commerce stream was a major problem.
They blamed the government for adopting a callous approach not giving an ear to their problems, and keeping the institute headless since July.
“This shows sad state of the Education department which creates problems for us due to unaccountability of the staff and can be related to famous Kashmiri saying Kahan reamech gaw”, a student at the institute said.
Locals have long been demanding availability of Commerce stream at the institute, and apparently there have been some half-baked initiatives leading to chaos on the issue.
Applicants for Commerce stream were told to register admissions with the Girls Higher Secondary School Chrari Sharief where the stream is available. The admissions were done, but after some time the students were told by the Girls Higher Secondary to take classes at the Boys Higher Secondary.
“Our problem started when we got admission in Commerce stream in girls school and were moved to boys school due to unknown reasons,” the Commerce students said.
“In mid-session we were moved back from boys school to girls school due to unavailability of staff,” they added.
The students lament that they were shuttled back and forth between the two schools for unclear reasons, and want the authorities to formally introduce the Commerce stream at the boys school.
Ghulam Mohuidin Beigh, Incharge of the boys school told Kashmir Reader that there was a strong public demand for introduction of Commerce stream at the school.“We raised the issue with concerned MLA during the inaugural ceremony of new building last year but till date there is no development,” Beigh said.
“Director has assured us to fulfill the demand by October this year and we can’t ignore the choice of students and would have started commerce from our school if we had the staff” he added.
The students and faculty also complain that the school is operating from an unsafe building.
“In 2012 technical team of Roads and Buildings department declared the old building unsafe but we are compelled to perform activities from old building due to unavailability of class rooms which evokes threat to life and property always” a school teacher said.
A newly constructed block is unfinished, but the school has been compelled to move some of the activities there without formal approval due to unsafe old building and dearth of classrooms.
Female staff at the school expressed resentment over local of separate washrooms for them.