In a bizarre move, the school education department has excluded subject streams of computer science offered for admissions in the newly upgraded higher secondary schools across Jammu and Kashmir.
The move has left hundreds of students of senior secondary level in a dilemma after having already opted for the computer science as 5th subject in their respective schools.
However, the administrative department has not included it in the list of subjects offered by the higher secondary schools (HSS).
“Our kids opted for computer science as 5th subject on the consent of school administration that the subject will be introduced in the schools. Unfortunately the department ignored Computer Science during allotment of subjects in higher secondary schools,” said Muhammad Amin, a parent from Handwara, adding the move has potential to damage career prospects for hundreds of students.
Around 200 high schools were upgraded by the government to the level of higher secondary schools in the state.
A proposal for introduction of computer science subject was submitted to the administrative department in view of the growing demand from students.
“But the department has approved introduction of computer science in very few schools which has left many students in a state of despair. They have already opted for the subject while choosing their streams for 10+2 level,” said a teacher wishing not to be named.
The subject was kept available in schools as department had agreed to introduce the subject in the upgraded HSS.
Perturbed, parents and the students submitted a representation to the secretary school education department seeking approval for introduction of computer science subject in various schools across state.
“But it is ironical that nobody in administrative department is available to listen to our grievance. Secretary Education is never available to meet common people in her office,” said Abdul Rafiq, a parent.
“We hope that the administrative department will take immediate steps on humanitarian grounds in this matter in the interest of students. Otherwise they will be disappointed for not having the subject of their choice in their schools.”
Introduction of computer science subject in higher secondary schools has been ignored at a time when hundreds of teachers are working in zonal and district offices of education department to manage non-teaching jobs on computers.
The teachers are deputed in offices as the department is facing dearth of computer literate persons in the offices.
Meanwhile, Director School Education Kashmir (DSEK), Muhammad Younis Malik, has also sought introduction of computer science subject in the upgraded higher secondary schools.
“I am to invite your attention to the proposal submitted to your office for allotment of subject streams for newly upgraded HSS where under the subject computer science was recommended in various newly established HSS,” reads a letter by Malik addressed to secretary school education department Sarita Chauhan.
The letter was written to the administrative department after a delegation of in-service masters and teachers having post-graduate in MCA complained to the directorate that computer science was ignored while allotting subject streams to the new HSS.
“The concerned CEOs have recommended to allot computer science subject in many schools to fulfill the demand of student community. It is requested to kindly consider the representation of in-service masters and teachers for introduction the subject in the newly upgraded schools in view of the demand of student community,” reads the letter.