Jahangeer Ganaie

Regrettable: Lone teacher caters to 60 students in Pahalgam School

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Anantnag: The government Primary School in Gojran Lidroo village in Pahalgam area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district paints a grim picture of the education sector with the institute having only one teacher to teach students up to class 5th.
The school has a roll of over 60 students but there is only one female teacher to teach them, local sources said.
They added that there are no subject specific teachers in the school and over 60 students are crammed up in three rooms including an office and a kitchen.
Locals from the area said that education department is playing with the career of the students.
“We all are financially weak and cannot admit our wards in private schools. But the government is not paying any attention towards the lack of facilities and staff at the school,” Niyaz Ahmad, a local resident said.
He said that time and again, they have contacted concerned higher ups to look into the matter but on ground we haven’t seen any change.
“The female teacher posted there is trying her level best but her task is proving to be hectic as she is not able to control the 60 students enrolled for various standards,” locals added.
“We are saluting her courage but how long she can manage it as the department has completely failed to take cognizance of the issue,” they said.
They requested concerned authorities to look into matter and depute more teachers to the school at an earliest there.
An official of the department wishing not to be named said that many other schools in the same zone have more teachers and far lesser number of students.
He said that teachers from these schools and zones can be posted in Gojran so that the education of the students does not suffer.

Jahangeer Ganaie

Jahangeer Ganaie is a reporter and covers regional news and can be contacted ganaie@kashmirvision.in

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