Srinagar, Aug 12: The report by the UDISE has painted a grim picture of the education sector in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir as 61 primary and upper primary schools in the district are either having a single teacher or no teacher at all.
According to the details available with ‘The Precious Kashmir’, the Unified District Information System for Education (UDISE Plus) report furnished on 31st January this year reads that 29 primary schools in the district are having only teachers while 27 such schools are functioning without any teacher.
The data further reveals that one primary with upper primary school in Srinagar is functional with having a single teacher only while four such schools in the district have no teachers.
The department as per the figures available has clearly thrown the guidelines to winds, which state that a minimum of two teachers should be posted at primary schools and the number of teachers be increased in case the enrolment is high in the school.
According to the data, the figure mentioned in the document contains the data of certified schools only.
As per the data, there are 1000 certified schools upto higher secondary levels in Srinagar district and are having the total strength of 12, 755 teachers.
Meanwhile, a prominent educationist of J&K Prof Bashir Ahmad Dar said this is the very frustrating situation. “When there is no teacher in the school then it means the educational institute doesn’t exist anymore,” he said, adding that the institute can’t be called school when there is no teacher.
However, he said the figure regarding the number of students in the schools needs to be checked also, adding that under Sarwa Shikhsha Abhiyaan, it was decided to ensure minimum two teachers in primary schools and also the teachers will be posted accordingly if the number of students enrolled will be high.
Meanwhile, Director Education Kashmir, Muhammad Younis Malik couldn’t be contacted for the comments as he didn’t receive the repeated phone calls from this reporter.