Mohammad Imran Naikoo
Srinagar: The Government Higher Secondary School Laridora in Baramulla district is functioning without a principal for last one year, which has badly affected the academics and functioning of the school.
The former principal of the institute, Abdul Hameed Lone, retired in June 2017, after which no replacement has been sent so far.
A group of students told Kashmir Reader that the school was facing several problems in the absence of a head.
“It is very unfortunate, one year has gone by, and still the school is functioning without a principal, which has adversely affected the academic,” Majid ul Haq Naik, a student of the school said.
Another student, Sakib Wani said there is no authorized person to resolve the problems they face.
“You know the condition of a house without a head, you can imagine how a school can function without the head. We face tremendous problems and there is no one to discuss these problems” Sakib said.
In charge principal J P Singh also questioned the delay in the appointment.
“I don’t understand why authorities are delaying the appointment of principal in the school. Obviously we are facing lot of problems in the absence of head” he said.
Head of Laridora village, Mushtaq Ahmad Khan, told Kashmir Reader that said the school has an impressive alumnus, including Member Parliament Muzaffar Hussain Beig, but the students are facing lot of problems now.
“The school lacks adequate teaching staff, girls washroom, playground, proper fencing. Besides the library, laboratory and computer lab are poor. We appeal the higher ups in government to appoint a principal and also look into the problems of the school,” Mushtaq said.
Local residents said that they have taken up the issue with the Edu department officials, but without any success.
A group of parents said the authorites were making tall claims about improving education system, but the situation on the ground speaks otherwise.
“There is no transparent policy to overcome the deficiency of staff in government schools,” a parent said while seeking intervention of director Education and minister.
Chief Education Officer Baramulla Abdul Ahad Ganai said that the appointment decision lies with the government.
Education Minister Chowdhary Zulfikar Ali told Kashmir Reader that the department was working on rationalization of schools.
“We have just had a meeting in which we discussed lack of ZEO’s and principals in the valley. So we are on the job we will fulfill these vacant places. In this regard we are making a list of such institutions and hope Higher Secondary School Laridora would be in it,” Zulfikar said.