At least 41 higher secondary schools and high schools in five educational zones of north Kashmir's Bandipora district are functioning without principals and headmasters for the last more than 5 months.
The details accessed by Greater Kashmir revealed that of 26higher secondary schools in the district, 17 are without principals and out of50 high schools 24 are without headmasters.
An official said several teachers and masters were eitherpromoted or attached to directorate of school education Kashmir before Februarythis year. But till date, he said, the department hasn't sent their replacementwhich has rendered several the schools headless.
The official said each principal and headmaster is now holdingadditional charges of four to five schools. "This has adversely affected thefunctioning of the schools, both at the administrative level as well asacademic one," he said.
Some of the higher secondary schools which are headlessinclude those in Nadihal, Ajas, Arin, Quil, Shahgund, Naidkhai and Nowgam.
The official said six of the eight higher secondary schoolsin Gurez were functioning without principals while as five high schools arewithout headmasters there.
In Bandipora zone, two higher secondary schools and two highschools are headless. Similarly in zone Quil one higher secondary school andfour high schools are headless.
The situation is alike in other zones including Sumbal andHajin.
Another official said that on June 30 at least 104 posts of lecturersfell vacant as the government decided against continuing with academicarrangements.
The Chief Education Officer Bandipora Javid Iqbal said theyhave sent repeated reminders to the government about the need for filling upthe positions of principals and headmasters. "But nothing has been done so farin this regard," he said.