SRINAGAR: Government order to make teaching of Kashmiri subject compulsory in all secondary schools across Kashmir has no takers as most of the schools have yet to start it as compulsory subject.
The Kashmiri Language Union Jammu and Kashmir Union staged a protest demonstration at press enclave here on Thursday demanding Kashmiri subject to be taught and be made compulsory in practical in all Schools since the post remains vacant.
The protesting unemployed qualified Kashmiri language aspirants said Kashmiri subject must be made compulsory at secondary level in government and private schools of the state. They also demanded creation of Rehbar-e-Zuban scheme on the pattern of Rehber-e-Taleem.
“Kashmiri as a subject is not taught in the educational institutions despite the official orders from the administration,” Sofi Hilal Fayaz, Union General Secretary said. “If our mother tongue is ignored like this then we Kashmiris would soon lose our identity.”
He added, “Despite the fact that via order number 652-Edu of 2013 dated 26-06-2013 conveyed by SDP vide number Edu/SDP/RMSA/2013 DATED 13-12-2013 the Kashmiri subject was supposed to be taught at secondary level in government and private schools of the state. But teaching of this subject is claimed to be neglected on the root level.”
He said in the recent past, government has again ordered “via order number 333-Edu of 2017 dated 19-06-2017” to implement Kashmiri, Dogri and Bodhi as compulsory sixth subjects in the State of Jammu and Kashmir in class 9th and 10th.
“In continuation to earlier orders issued on the subject, sanction is hereby accorded to be extension of teaching of regional languages, viz Kashmiri, Dogri and Bodhi to class 9 and 10th in all government and private (Recognised) schools of the state as compulsory sixth subject (Graded) in areas where the language is spoken as mother tongue,” the order number 333-Edu of 2017 dated 19-06-2017 reads.
Bilal Ahmad Sheikh, PhD. degree holder in Kashmiri language said that ‘none of the schools have obeyed the DSEK order’ and are ‘not teaching Kashmiri subject’.
“ when we surveyed school to school we found that Kashmiri is not being taught in any school till date despite the government orders,” Bilal said.
Citing the example of ‘Government Higher secondary school Kulgam, Govt. Girls High School Hajin, Government Hr Sec. School Bandipora, Govt. Girls High School Nadihal Bandipora, Govt. High School Sonigam as some of the schools where Kashmiri subject is not taught despite government orders.
He added that, “the reason they get from the schools for not teaching the subject is that that the schools do not have any Kashmri teacher and the posts for Kashmri teachers are vacant.”
The Union with more than two thousand degree holders as members demanded implementation of government order.
They threatened of hunger strike if their demand is not met within a period of ten days.
Despite several attempts by Kashmir Raeder Director DSEK, G.N Itoo could not be reached for his comments.