In Baramulla village, 6 teachers for 87 students

One School Approved For Upgradation: MLA Baramulla

Syed Rizwan Geelani
Srinagar, Publish Date: May 21 2018 11:06PM | Updated Date: May 21 2018 11:06PM
In Baramulla village, 6 teachers for 87 studentsFile Photo

The education sector in the picturesque Hajibal village of Baramulla district has become a victim of official neglect as there has been no up gradation over the years in the two government schools, resulting in increased school drop-outs.

The village has two middle schools - Boys Middle School (BMS) Hajibal and MS Reshipora. Both the schools have witnessed increased enrollment of students but ironically the education department has failed to provide adequate teaching staff for the two schools.

Middle school Reshipora has an enrollment of 35 students but the school has only two teachers. The school has four sanctioned posts out of which one teacher has been deputed for study leave and another teacher has been terminated from services. “Even the head of the school has been deputed to a school in Hadipora in Rafiabad area,” said a teacher wishing not to be identified.

In BMS Hajibal, only six teachers teach 87 students on roll. The other three teachers posted in this school have been shifted and adjusted at convenient places as per their choice. One teacher from the school has been shifted and appointed as academic monitor in zone Baramulla, while another one has been adjusted in Chopan Muhalla Shatloo in Rafiabad. “The influential teachers are shifted from here as this school is located in high terrain areas. Because of its location, the blue-eyed teachers are shifted from here and adjusted in plain areas,” said a teacher.

Besides leaving these two schools teacher deficient, students after qualifying class 8th examination from these schools don’t have any high school available in the area. “The students have to travel 16 Kms to continue their studies after 9th class,” said Khalid, a local resident.

Teachers also said that most of the students drop out of schools as they can’t afford going to Baramulla town schools everyday to study. “Most of the families are economically weak here and students leave their studies after 8th due to non availability of any high school in the area,” said another teacher of the locality.

The teachers suggest that the government should order merger of two middle schools which are located at a distance of less than two kilometers. “If the two schools are merged the number of teachers will increase and will also benefit students as well,” the teachers said.

The local MLA of Baramulla constituency, Javed Hassan Beigh said one of the middle schools will be upgraded to the level of High School and classes will hopefully start from next academic session. “I have recommended up gradation of one of the middle schools of Hajibal on priority. I know the ground situation of the village and students there can’t afford going to Baramulla to pursue further studies after 8th class,” he said.

The J&K cabinet last year approved up gradation of 400 government schools— 200 middle schools and 200 high schools— to their next level. The government had authorized the local MLA to provide the list of schools to the education department that need to be upgraded on priority. “Up gradation of Hajibal school has got the approval as well,” MLA Baramulla said.


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