Majority of the high schools and higher secondary schools in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district being headless have put a question mark on the education scenario across this district.
According to official details, accessed by the Greater Kashmir, 25 high schools and 16 higher secondary schools are without heads while the District Institute of Education and Training (DIET) is without principal and six HOD posts and 16 lecturer posts too are vacant.
The scenario has remained as such for many years now.
Bandipora district has five education zones – Bandipora, Quil, Gurez, Hajin and Sumbal – wherein most of the educational institutions are headless, affecting the quality of education and management.
The higher secondary schools which are headless include primary schools of the district which include Nadim Memorial Higher Secondary School, located in Bandipora zone, and only a few kilometres from the district headquarters.
The officials said that there was an acute dearth of lecturers in the district.
Moreover, the DIET, which is a research department and responsible for imparting training to the staff and implementing new educational policies is functioning without a principal for over three years in Bandipora.
According to officials privy to the matter, crores of rupees were released to the DIET to conduct research and impart training among the staff.
Moreover, new education policies are also being implemented through the same department.
The officials said that they fear about improper utilization of funds in absence of the head.
They said that despite regular representations to the higher ups, the government was not taking notice of the seriousness of the matter.
The DIET Bandipora was established in 2007 with staff strength of 46 officials including 24 gazetted and 22 non-gazetted.
The officials said that without these heads, the standard of education was taking a hit besides impacting work culture.
They said that it was beyond understanding why the placements were not being made as it would not incur any financial burden on the exchequer.
The officials said that the “caretakers” picked in terms of seniority which were being nominated to head the institutes where no principal was available or was headless had no DDO or other such powers to effectively handle the institute.
They said that one principal was handling more than three higher secondary schools, which affected the monitoring process.
Official sources said that “nothing was happening” despite directives and calls for corrective measures.
Chief Education Officer Bandipora, JavidIqbal accepted that many institutions being headless affected the standard of the education.