Full time officer lacking since 2014
BUDGAM: In a poor state of affairs, the Zonal Education Office, Khag, in Budgam district has been operating without its chief official and key staff members since 2014.
Apart from the Zonal Education Officer (ZEO), the office has been lacking two head assistants, data operator, ZEPO and other posts.
A inside source said office has faced the sorry state for most of the time, since its establishment in 2011.
“The in-charge ZEOs from other zones or principals, from adjacent higher secondary schools as DDOs could hardly deliver the goods as expected from full time ZEO,” a insider said.
For the settlement of their promotion, regularisation, GP Fund cases and other administrative affairs, he said, teachers are made to either wait for weeks together or move from pillar to post.
“Absence of full time administrative officers badly affects the academic and non-academic affairs of the schools. The higher ups should fill these posts at an earliest so that the education system of the zone is saved from further derailment,” he added.
Sheikh Arshad Hussain, a teacher, acknowledged that the teachers were facing problems in the absence of officials and staff at Zonal office.
“The acting DDO is just there for disbursing salaries,” he said. “He has nothing to do with office work”.
“Because of this, the condition of our education system is declining day by day,” he added.
Another teacher wishing anonymity said that the office is run by two clerks and a teacher who acts as a data operator (DO)
Comprising of dozens of villages, the zone is the largest zone in Budgam district with over 400 schools.
Chief Education Officer, Budgam, Fatima Tak said the vacant post of ZEO falls under the reserved category. “We have given the charge to a principal of Higher Secondary School till the permanent ZEO is posted”, she said.
Tak added that the posts of ZEOs, headmasters and other key posts are filled by higher authorities.
“They have failed to fill the posts till date not only in Khag but in many other zones as well,” she added.
Our system, she said, is badly hit because of these unfilled posts since years.