Upgraded in 2018, HSS Khiram functions without Principal, permanent faculty

By: Ahmad Shabir

Anantnag: Five years after its upgradation, the Higher Secondary School Khiram in Southern Anantnag village not only remains headless but continues to function without a permanent faculty for many subjects as well.

The high school in the most populous village was upgraded as Higher Secondary School in 2018. However, the educational institution, interestingly, never saw a permanent principal to run its affairs smoothly.

In the absence of any permanent principal in last five years, official sources said, the administrative affairs of the higher secondary school have always been badly hit.

At present, a principal of another Higher Secondary School, who is already overburdened, is holding the additional charge as DDO of the educational institution.

“For the last five years, the authorities have been managing to run the affairs of the school by assigning the additional charge to principals of other educational institutions which is affecting its growth. Given the accommodation and availability of the land for infrastructure development, the HSS Khiram, is a model in the area but authorities don’t even bother to depute a permanent principal to the school,” official sources said.

The HSS has both arts and medical streams but sources say that only four subjects have permanent faculty.

Chemistry, Botany, Economics and Mathematics are taught by permanent faculty while the rest of the subjects at HSS are managed by authorities through academic arrangement.

Even English, which is a compulsory subject for the students of all the streams, is being taught by contractual lecturers.

Around 120 students are enrolled in the institution from 9th to 12th classes.

“The staff for secondary classes is sufficient but for higher secondary classes academic affairs are run through temporary arrangement. Nothing much has changed after the upgradation of the school from high to higher secondary school,” a staffer said.

The higher secondary even does not have a senior assistant for the clerical job.

“After the superannuation of the senior assistant posted at the HSS, authorities never bothered to fill up the post. A junior assistant is now doing the entire clerical job,” official sources said.

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