The education department keeps upgrading government-run schools but regularly fails to post requisite heads in time to run them properly, resulting in 60 schools in Kupwara district alone without principals or headmasters.
An official in the department said that out of 52 Higher Secondary Schools in the frontier district 32 don’t have principles, and out of 95 Middle Schools 28 don’t have headmasters.
Also, 247 lecturer posts are lying vacant for years in education department’s Kupwara section, the official said.
The posts are lying vacant mainly due to the up-gradation of schools from Primary to Middle and Middle to Higher Secondary level. Many posts of principals and headmasters are created in the process but are rarely filled up in time for the upgraged schools to function appropriately.
Class work and administrative affairs of these schools get delayed and problems accumulate.
Teachers posted in the schools said that they approached higher authorities many times for filling up these posts but no to avail.
“The problems in the schools are tackled by the head of the institution but in their absence the functioning of the school gets ruined,” said a teacher Tariq Ahmad of Sogam.
A group of students told Greater Kashmir that the school was facing several problems in the absence of a head.
“It is very unfortunate that our school is functioning without a principle for years now, which has adversely affected performance of the students,” said Nasir Ahmad, a student of Chandigam Middle School.
Another student Arshid Ahmad said that there was no authorised person to resolve the problems they face.
“We face tremendous problems and there is no one to discuss with in this far flung area,” Ahmad said.
Similarly, the students of Middle School Budnamal resent the casual approach of the authorities in education department.
“This school is in far flung area of Kupwara where the authorities hardly pay a visit to check the functioning, but in the absence of head we remain deprived of development of our school,” said Talib Ahmad, a student.
The Middle School Chandigam, Krusan, Kanthpora, Budnamal and other schools have seen their Headmaster chair lying vacant from years.
Government-run higher secondary schools at Warsun, Keran, Sogam, Maidanpora, Tekipora and other schools are also without Principals.
The posts have been created after the schools were upgraded from primary to Middle and Middle to Higher level.
“No promotion (of teachers to higher positions) has taken place from months now which is the reason that these head posts are lying vacant,” said Chief Education Officer Kupwara Mohammad Shafi.
“Recently I have discussed the issue with the Deputy Commissioner Kupwara to find a way to fill up these vacant posts.”