GANDERBAL: The Government Boys Higher Secondary School Gund in Ganderbal district is facing shortage of teaching staff, besides running without a principal. The school has seven teachers against sanctioned strength of 15 while three posts of lecturer are also lying vacant.
Students at the school said that the Education department had appointed contractual lecturers for Urdu, Zoology and Statistics, but their contracts expired in June leaving the academics badly affected They said that students of 9th and 10th class were also facing shortage of teachers. “Owing to the shortage of teachers our future is limping towards darkness,” a class 12 student told Kashmir Reader He said the students have staged protest several times but the authorities were not paying heed.
Sources in the school said that the In charge Vice-Principal was managing the affairs while the drawing and disbursing powers lay with principal of another school. The school principal was transferred last year, while another principal deployed at Kangan 25 kms away held additional powers. “He hasn’t bothered to visit the school ever since he took charge. It has severely hit the academics and documental work of the school,” an insider said.
Local residents and parents of students said that they apprised the senior functionaries of the Education department about the dearth of staff many a times. Chief Education Officer Ganderbal, Nadiya Neelofar, when contacted, said that the matter has been brought into the notice of the Director School Education. “The appointment of teaching staff is on cards,” she said. “We are identifying post graduate teachers for vacant post till permanent teachers are appointed.”