Srinagar: In an irony of sorts, the home district of the Director School Education Kashmir (DSEK), G N Itoo is among the worst performing districts in the class 8 annual examination results, which were declared recently.
In a list of 62 schools registering below 50 percent results in the class 8 annual examination results-issued by Itoo himself on Tuesday- Anantnag, the home district of Itoo, has as many as 14 schools.
Although Kulgam district- where 20 schools recording below 50 percent results- stands at the bottom in the list technically, Anantnag is still the worst in terms of schools registering zero percent results in the class 8 annual exams with as many as 4 such schools. Kulgam has only two schools, which recorded zero percent results in the exams.
Even the frontier district Kupwara has fared better in the list as compared to the Anantnag. Kupwara has almost half the number of schools (8) compared to Anantnag that registered below 50 percent results. Against Anantnag’s 4, only one school in Kupwara showed zero percent results.
Likewise, the districts of Bandipora, Baramulla and Budgam also have performed better in the exams as compared to Anantnag with the number of schools in these districts registering below 50 percent results being 2, 5 and 3 respectively.
The districts of Pulwama and Srinagar have 7 and 3 schools in the list respectively.
Across valley, 12 schools, as per the list, have registered zero percent results in the class 8 annual examination.
One school and 49 schools respectively registered below 20 percent and below 50 percent results in the exams.
Another list enclosed by the DSEK on Tuesday said that in the class 9 annual examination, 19 schools in the valley registered below 50 percent results.
The DSEK has also ordered suspension of in-charge heads and teachers of schools in the valley, which recorded below par performance in the class 8 and 9 annual examination results.
The directorate has directed to stop the increment in favour of teachers whose subject recorded below 50 percent result.
Invoking a circular issued by the directorate in December last year, the DSEK has directed the respective Chief Education Officers to take action against the in-charge heads and subject-specific teachers at the schools that have performed poorly in the annual exams “in light of the circular”.
As per the circular, the in-charge heads of the schools registering zero percent results in the exams shall be placed under suspension.
The circular also recommends suspension of teachers whose subject registers below 20 percent results.
Citing the circular, the DSEK has also ordered “stoppage of the increment of the teachers with below 50 percent result in the subject”.
“Further, all the Chief Education Officers are directed to start remedial classes for students who have been declared unsuccessful and engage the services of the same teachers in then school till improvement in the result of these students,” the order said.
It also asked the concerned CEOs to “ensure the action taken and share the action taken with this directorate at the earliest”.
DSEK, G N Itoo did not respond to calls by this reporter.