SHOPIAN: While more than hundred schools have gone defunct in Shopian district due to fall in student rolls, allegedly due to apathetic officials and teachers, a government middle school at Pargochi village is setting an example.
Despite being situated at a small village the Government Middle School Pargochi has 110 students on its roll and is considered most successful school in the area.
This year the school administration circulated posters inviting admissions for the school in nearby villages where there are no schools.
The circulation of posters is rare or a first for a government school. Villagers credit the success of the school to its headmaster who is posted there for the last two years.
“There was a change in student education, we found that our children know more things regarding their subjects as compared to costly private schools and I feel all credit goes to the headmaster of the school who comes and leaves school on time and never compromises on the education of students, “a local resident said.
Teachers at the school told Kashmir Reader that the passouts are doing well in higher classes, with many opting for medical and non-medical streams.
“We are employed here to teach students and our prime concern is to be honest with our duties,” Irfan Ahmad, a teacher posted in school said adding that many of the students have won prizes and district and zonal levels. He added that school has 110 students on roll and new admissions are in process.
Parents of several students told Kashmir Reader that the school not only covers the curriculum activities but is good in co-curricular activities as well.
“I noticed several times, that they were teaching students in a play-way method and they do many things which are not even being done at high profile private schools,” said Muneer Ahmad, whose daughter is studying in the school.
“This year, we got several new admissions and these new admissions were those who left private schools to come to our school,” Showkat Ahmad, headmaster of the school said.
On circulation of posters, he said, if private schools can do this “why can’t we”.
“We are providing better education and facilities and I want to suggest parents to admit their wards in our school and see the difference,” he said, adding that they were initiating an awareness campaign in the villages about admissions and facilities.
Teachers, however, told Kashmir Reader that last year they were promised of setting up a computer lab in the school by authorities and till date the lab has not been established in the school.
“We demand that the lab should be established here at the earliest so that students get the important knowledge of computer sciences,” the teachers said.
A parent, Nazir Ahmad, said he admitted his son at the school, who was studying at a private school, after seeing the performance of the school.
“I want to suggest others that they should also admit their children in this school, I felt difference within days and hope they will too,” he said.
Interestingly, the school has raised a vegetable garden, where the staffers pick vegetables for mid day meals.