Upgraded from High School some five years ago, Government Girls Higher Secondary School (GGHSS) here paints a grim picture of the sorry state of affairs in education department with just nine teachers available for more than 800 students.
The development has left the authorities fuming, forcing them to go for drastic steps to streamline the school management on war footing.
Interestingly, the school lacks subject-specific lecturers in Physics, Chemistry, Zoology, Botany and Information and Technology for around 300 students who have opted for science in 11th and 12th classes.
The students who started their session in March this year are yet to begin with their theory classes. Moreover, practical classes for the science students are a distant dream as the school lacks proper laboratory facilities thus leaving the career of hundreds of students in jeopardy.
“The tall claims of government to set the education system right are hollow clamours as we haven’t seen our science teachers here from past three months when we joined the course,” said a group of students.
“Only four months are left for our exams and we are yet to start our routine classes. The government has completely ignored this lone Higher Secondary School of the area where career of around 400 students is at stake,” the students added.
Despite the upgradation of the school, the posts of science lecturers including that of Mathematics continue to lie vacant.
“The staff strength of the school is same as it was before. The school lacks proper laboratory facilities for practical work by science students,” said a teacher of the school.
MLA Banihal, Vikar Rasool blamed the present government for deteriorating the career of students by its ‘absurd policies.’
“The school had sufficient staff strength during previous regime with proper arrangement of subject-specific teachers. However, the present government shifted some lecturers from the school to far off places without any replacement,” he said.
“We staged protests against this issue and blocked Jammu-Srinagar highway but government was unmoved,” he added.
Chief Education Officer (CEO) Ramban, Muhammad Shareef said the district has dearth of candidates with science background who could be engaged as ‘academic arrangement.’
“We are aware of the issue but we are not in a position to arrange academic arrangements as no candidate in the locality is post graduate in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics,” CEO said.
He said they will take up the matter with Directorate of School Education Kashmir (DSEK) to seek its support to address the issue. “We will seek their help and request them if they can depute some candidates here on academic arrangement,” he said.