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Lapse: Arabic won’t be taught in upgraded higher secondary schools

Lapse: Arabic won’t be taught in upgraded higher secondary schools
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Candidates possessing PG degrees in Arabic stage protest

Srinagar: The school education department has excluded Arabic and other subjects in the streams offered for admissions in the newly upgraded higher secondary schools (HSS) across the state.
The move has left hundreds of subject professionals in a catch-22-situation as they find it difficult to get any job in the education sector.
The candidates who have done their post graduation and P.hD in Tourism Management or Arabic subject accused the government of chocking their space in terms of providing jobs to them.
“Recently upgraded HSS got 100 percent posts for English, Urdu and Political Science subject while as Public Administration, Sociology, Arabic and Tourism Management was again ignored by the department,” the candidates said.
Arabic and Tourism Management subject is not taught in higher secondary schools as the government has failed to create posts of lecturers in the higher secondary schools.
An official said Tourism and Arabic subject has not been introducing in the upgraded higher secondary schools despite the persistence of the candidates possessing the degrees in these subjects.
“The creation of post for Tourism management subject was recommended by the directorate of school education previously but the same was dropped by the administrative department for unknown reasons. The move has left scores of professionals dejected,” an official added.
Meanwhile, on Saturday the students who have completed their post graduation and Ph.D in Arabic subject staged a protest at Srinagar Press Enclave against the government for not including Arabic in the list of subjects introduced in the upgraded higher secondary schools.
The candidates assembled at press enclave Srinagar and staged a silent protest to press for their demand and urged the department to introduce Arabic subject in higher secondary schools.
“Every year scores of students graduate from Kashmir University and they find no jobs in any school or college as the subject is taught in very few institutions,” the protesting candidates said.
They said the government was chocking the space for professionals instead of providing job opportunities to them in schools.
“No posts are created and the department is not introducing this subject in schools or colleges,” they said.
Director School Education Kashmir (DSEK) Muhammad Younis Malik said the subjects are introduced by the administrative department.
“The job of the Directorate is only to propose the subject list to administrative department. We have no role in giving the approval for it,” Malik said.

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