Students protest against shortage of teachers in Handwara school

Students of Government High School Hangha in Mawer area of Handwara Wednesday morning held protests against the inadequate number of teachers in their school.

The students, joined by their parents, blocked the Mawer-Handwara road for an hour to register their protest against the shortage of staff. “We are facing problems due to absence of science teacher in our school despite repeated demands to higher authorities. So we were forced to come on road and protest,” said Ishfaq Ahmad of 7th class.

The parents of the agitating students said that it was unfortunate that despite having good strength of students in this school the education department is not providing adequate staff, citing overstaffing in other schools. “If the students are facing shortage of teachers why the department is taking so long to depute more teachers to this school,” said Tariq Ahmad, a local resident.

Zonal education officer Mawer, Adil Mohidin, told Greater Kashmir that there is enough staff in the school as per the allotment. “They are demanding one more science teacher. We cannot depute one more teacher to the school, but we will replace one teacher with science teacher in the school to fulfil their demand,” said Adil Mohidin.

With the assurance from the ZEO that their demand will be fulfilled, the students called off their protest and started regular class work.