‘The subject has been in great demand’
Srinagar: The Directorate of School Education Kashmir (DSEK) has failed to introduce Public Administration as a subject at the higher secondary level. A year ago, it had claimed that close to two hundred posts of teachers were allocated to teach the subject amid a “consistent demand” for it.
The Public Administration was among nine other subjects including Tourism Management, Mass Communication and Rural Development which the DSEK last year said it will introduce as subjects at the higher secondary level. The Directorate had in December last year said that 188 posts of teachers – highest among the subjects – had been allocated to teach the Public Administration.
However, several postgraduates in Public Administration told Kashmir Reader that there had been no notification from the government even as admissions for a new academic session were being made.
While the government proposed to introduce the subject only last year, the postgraduate candidates said they had been pursuing the matter with the School Education Department since 2009.
They said they had been knocking the doors of ministers and other concerned officials to issue admission notification for the subject and advertise the required posts, but to no avail.
“The subject has been in great demand at the higher secondary schools across valley as we have compiled reports from each and every corner of the state,” they said. “Even the JKBOSE has framed the syllabus of Public Administration subject for 10+2 level…,” a statement issued by the candidates reads.
The statement said the subject was being taught at the valley colleges since last year. “The department has failed to introduce the subject even after dozens of high schools were upgraded to higher secondary schools in the valley,” they said.
The candidates said the higher-ups in the department had assured them that Public Administration as subject would be introduced once the 200 high schools are upgraded into higher secondary schools as proposed by the government.
The candidates said that Director School Education Kashmir G N Itoo had also promised to introduce the subject from the academic session 2019-20 “in every higher secondary wherever there is a need”.
The candidates alleged that the ministers and officials in the department had not paid any heed to their “pressing demand” to introduce the subject at the higher secondary level.
A candidate told Kashmir Reader that many of them had reached the upper age limit for the posts.
“Government is yet to take a final call over the introduction of proposed new subjects,” Itoo told Kashmir Reader.