Even as five years have passed, the 11th and 12th class students of Higher Secondary School Nowgam Kandi here continue to be taught by teachers in absence of subject-specific lecturers in the institution.
With the upgradation of the school to higher secondary level in 2010, the department of Education reportedly did not take any steps to create required number of lecturer posts in the school who could teach the higher classes but continued with the same staff.
Around 140 students, according to reports, are enrolled for class 11th and 12th in the institute; however, in the absence of lecturers, they are being taught by the high school teachers.
"We are living in Kandi belt and the people here are living below poverty line. I think that is why our children are being cheated in the name of proper education," said Arif Hussain, a local resident.
The locals complained that if the government was not in a position to create posts of lecturer, why was the school upgraded and students enrolled for higher classes.
"This is criminal negligence because future of hundreds of students is put at stake. Some of the teachers here don't have the qualification to teach class 11th and class 12th students," questioned Muhammad Akbar, another local resident.
The in-charge principal of the institution, Ghulam Nabi, told Greater Kashmir that "this session, two lecturers have been deployed for teaching Education and Sociology subjects while others including English, Urdu, Economics etc are being managed by the high school teachers."
"There are many such hanging schools and we have requested the government for creation of posts. For now we are running all such schools through internal adjustment," said Shah Faesal, Director School Education Kashmir.