The Jammu and Kashmir government on Tuesday informed the Legislative Assembly (LA) that as many as 11,192 posts are vacant in the school education department.
Replying to a query raised by MLA Khansahib Hakim Muhammad Yaseen during the question hour in LA, the Education Minister in a written reply said, "Nearly 3795 posts of Masters -1072 in Kashmir and 2723 in Jammu are vacant in the department."
Hakim Yaseen had asked the government about the details of vacant posts of principals, lecturers, Zonal Educational Officers (ZEOs), headmasters, masters, teachers and ReT teachers in the department.
The Education minister said, " Nearly 2472 posts of lecturers, 3753 posts of teachers- 2385 in Kashmir and 1368 in Jammu are vacant, 908 posts of Rehbar-e-Taleem (ReT) teachers, 646 in Kashmir and 262 in Jammu and 215 posts of headmasters–115 in Kashmir and 100 in Jammu– are vacant."
"Nearly 24 posts of ZEOs, including 19 in Kashmir and 5 in Jammu, and 25 posts of principals- 29 in Kashmir and 5 in Jammu are vacant," the minister said.
To a separate query raised by MLA Muhammad Shafi, the government revealed that work on one out of 13 Higher Secondary School buildings sanctioned under Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) has been completed since 2010 in Uri constituency. Shafi had asked the government about the reason for school buildings being incomplete. The minister in a written reply said: "Non availability of land is the main reason for the delay in completion of the buildings. Besides, poor response to the tendering is also causing delay in completion of buildings."
As per the figures given by the minister, of the 13 school buildings the department has completed one building while as work on nine buildings is yet to be started.
In another question raised by MLA Aijaz Ahmad Mir, the Education Minister said, "Around 276 Government schools have no electricity supply in south Kashmir's Shopian district. The department has already taken up the matter with Power Development Department and the matter is under active consideration."