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DSEK’s rationalization claims fall flat

DSEK’s rationalization claims fall flat
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Student-Pupil ratio not being followed in most of the schools

Srinagar: The school education department has failed to streamline the student-teacher ratio in schools even after the passage of several months of the current academic session.
Most of the government schools have disproportionate pupil-teacher ratio in rural and urban areas despite the tall claims of the authorities in education department of having streamlined the enrollment and the staff strength.
A school in old Srinagar has 10 teachers for 50 students from class 6th to 10, exposing the flawed implementation of rationalization of teachers in schools.
Government Girls High School (GHS) R N Mandir has a pupil teacher ratio of 1:5 against the recommended 1:30 for schools.
“The school has 10 teachers for 50 students which is a mockery of the rationalization of schools started by the department three years ago,” an official said.
The school is housed in four rooms of a building wherein teachers either take classes of students under open sky or combine three classes-6th-8th in case of inclement weather.
“Students are crammed here due to non availability of proper accommodation but authorities are unmoved,” the official said.
He said the school was earlier functioning at Chotta Bazar in old city but was shifted to Chattabal in 2014 after the building, hired by education department on rent, was completely damaged by flood waters.
“And till date the school is functioning from Chattabal in a government building of another school which is spare from past few years,” he said.
The school has only four rooms which serve as staff room, office and classroom for 5 classes and laboratory for secondary class students.
“This school has no facets to be called as a school. The seriousness of the department to improve education system can be gauged from the fact that the school continues to function from alternate place,” the official said, adding that shifting of the school was a temporary measure. “But it seems department has forgotten to shift back the school.”
Director School Education Kashmir (DSEK) G N Itoo when contacted said the department has convened a meeting in coming days wherein rationalization of schools is on top agenda. “We will ask CEO Srinagar to submit a report on this and will chalk out measures to set up this school at its original place,” he said.

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