The adhocism in the higher secondary schools has hampered the performance of the students in the class 12 exams. Around 58 higher secondary schools (HSS) in Kashmir are headless for the past several years, out of which 44 schools performed poorly in the exams throwing a major challenge for the department to plug the loopholes.
The post of the Principal of these higher secondary schools is managed by other equivalent rank officers as their additional assignment, increasing burden on them.
The department recently assigned the powers for withdrawal of the salary of the employees including teachers of these headless educational institutions to other equivalent rank officials.
"For the purpose of facilitating drawl of salary and other bills of headless institutions, it is hereby ordered that the following officers shall operate the drawing and disbursing powers in respect of institutions shown against each, till posting of regular head of these institutions," reads an order issued by the secretary school education department, Ajeet Kumar Sahu.
As per the official data, the pass percentage of these headless schools has been recorded below 50 percent in the class 12th exams.
Sample this: 13 higher secondary schools are headless in Kupwara district and all these institutions recorded below 50 percent results. For example, government HSS Behnipora recorded 43.90 percent result, HSS Tekipora produced 23 percent result as only 82 out of 345 students qualified the exams. Pass percentage of HSS Kandi Karnah was only 25.85 percent. Similarly, other headless institutions in the district produced poor results which include HSS with 24.32 percent, HSS Teetwal Karnah with 16.18 percent, HSS magma Handwara 18.18 percent.
Similarly eight higher secondary schools are headless in Baramulla out of which six have recorded below 50 percent result. Seven higher secondary schools are headless in Anantnag district out of which four had below 50 percent result. Also, five out of six headless higher secondary schools in Bandipora have poor results and five out of six HSS in Kulgam have performed poorly in the class 12th exams.
Three out of six headless HSS in Budgm, one out of three in Ganderbal and four out of seven HSS in Pulwama have performed poorly in the class 12th exams.
One out of two headless HSS in Shopian produced 37.38 percent result.
The JKBOSE statistics reveal that students from 295 government higher secondary schools in Kashmir had appeared in the exam out of which 151 institutions have produced below 50 percent results.
As many as 69982 candidates were enrolled for the examination out of which 36227 candidates have been declared as qualified with the overall pass percentage of 51.76 percent.
As per the figures, the number of poor performing schools has increased from 22 in 2017 annual exams to 151 schools in 2018 annual exams.
An official said the academics takes a back seat in the schools which are without permanent heads.
"The officer who is given additional charge of such schools rarely monitors the academics but visits the schools to sign the salary bills or other non-academic files. With the result the students suffer," an official said.
Director School Education Kashmir (DSEK) G N Itoo admitted that schools without permanent heads were facing academic as well other issues.
"Only permanent heads can control every aspect in their schools. We faced hiccups in filling post of Principals as some of these posts fall under reserved category for which Supreme Court had directed not to fill them," Itoo said.
He said the department has now completed the formalities and all these posts will be filled in one month. "These schools will have permanent heads before opening of schools post winter vacation," he assured.