The school established as primary in 1911 was upgraded to middle in 1920 and to high in 1981
TRAL: The residents of Midoora village of Tral in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Sunday held protest demonstration against government’s failure to upgrade the local Government High School to higher secondary level.
A large number of people led by Auqaf Committee of Halqa Midoora assembled in the premises of Government High School, Midoora and raised slogans in favour of their demand of school up-gradation.
The students were seen carrying placards in their hands which read ‘We Want Justice; Upgrade High School to Higher Secondary, Hamari Maange Poori Karo’.
They accused the district administration and education department of ignoring their area by not paying heed to their “genuine” demand since long.
They have appealed Governor S P Malik to look into the matter and fulfil their “genuine” demand at the earliest.
“We have been raising the issue of up-gradation of the school for the past many years. The district administration, the director education and local political leaders have time and again made promises with us to get the school upgraded but nothing has been done till date,” Javaid Ahmad Shah, a local resident said.
According to locals, the school is one of the oldest in the area, established as a primary school in 1911. “It was upgraded to middle in 1920 and to high in 1981. Since then, no steps have been taken to upgrade it to the higher secondary level,” they said.
Two government boys higher secondary schools, one at Norpora and another at Lurgamam in Tral, were established years after and both were upgraded (to higher secondary level), the locals said.
“We are not against up-gradation of other schools but this school, being the oldest in the area, should have been upgraded,” they said adding that the Government High School Midoora has been showing 100 percent result.
The residents also said that the school building is in shambles.
“It (school) is same as it was in ‘60s, my youthful days,” an elderly Ghulam Mohammad told Kashmir Reader, adding, “The school, despite having 15 kanal fenced land and 18 kanal playfield, lacks proper infrastructure and facilities including the laboratory.”
He said the absence of a higher secondary in the locality causes immense hardship especially to girl students.
Around 300 students of Halqa Midoora which includes Khankah, Midoora, Shahabad, Naner, Takya, Khangund and Gujjabasti Midoora, are studying in nearby higher secondary schools.
Abdul Rashid, a local, said that several delegations from Halqa Midoora have met the Chief Education Officer Pulwama regarding the school’s up-gradation, “but due to unknown reasons, the CEO didn’t submit the feasibility report to Director School Education Kashmir (DSEK)”.