SRINAGAR: Residents of Guree village in Anantnag have forced shut a high school in the area for the last two weeks, alleging discrimination in upgrading of schools.
The residents demanding upgradation of Government High School Guree are alleging that the school has been ignored while another school in Veer village has been upgraded on “political clout”.
The residents held a protest at Srinagar’s Press Enclave on Tuesday, demanding immediate elevation of the school.
They also demanded action against officials “behind the delay in upgradation”.
Meanwhile, the school is shut since June 15.
“Despite our appeals several times to people to throw open the school the villagers are not listening and have taken law forgranted,” Chief Educational Officer Anatanag Nisar Ahmad said.
“There should be a minimum seven kilometre distance between two higher secondary schools, and according to that rule Guree High school is not eligible for upgrade.”
However the protesters alleged the school was dropped because of “political favouritism” towards nearby Government High School Veer which was upgraded.
“Abdul Rehman Veeri, on political power basis, upgraded the high school Veer without any feasibility,” village head Guree Molvi Mohd Ashraf Thokroo alleged. “This is injustice with future of students by the wrong use of political power.”
CEO Nisar said he had “nothing to do with politics”.
“We can only see the distance feasibility as per the norms not just number of schools in a particular area”. Nisar said. “I have contacted Director Education regarding school shutdown, and immediate steps would be taken.”
The residents say there are fifteen feeding schools in the area, with three High Schools and 12 middle schools whereas as Veer village of same Tehsil has just one High school and four Middle schools. “The up-gradation was held despite our feasibility,” Umar Javid, a High school student said. “Just two out of ten students passing from the High school join Higher Secondary as it is problematic for them to travel ten kilometres to attend Higher Secondary.”
The villagers threatened to continue the protests, and asserted that the school deserves upgradation according to feasibility report regarding number of schools in an area.