Sorry State of Education: Over 200 institutions headless in J&K

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Govt fails to fill 2250 vacant posts of lecturers in education department

Srinagar, Oct 09 (KNO): Signifying the poor performance of the school education department, more than 200 government-run educational institutions have been left headless by the department in Kashmir.  The institutions have been left headless which has taken a toll on the performance of the students in their annual examinations at secondary and higher secondary level.

“Obviously, these institutions lack academic monitoring in absence of heads which tells upon the performance of these institutions in annual JK Board exams,” a top official told the wire service—Kashmir News Observer (KNO).

As per the official documents, the posts of 94 principals in higher secondary schools and 186 posts of high school headmasters are vacant. “The key positions have been left vacant from past many months which have taken a toll on the academic and administration in these institutions,” an official said.

The official said the absence of heads in these institutions adversely impact the work culture and over all academic standards in schools.

 The official documents further reveal that around 50 posts of heads of departments (HoDs) in District Institute of Education and Trainings (DIETs), 41 posts of Zonal Education Officers and 17 posts of Zonal Education Planning Officers have also been left unfilled from past many years.

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“In absence of the concerned people, the department assigns job to other equivalent rank officials. But this practice only adds burden on the people who are given additional charges,” the official said.

The official documents further reveal that 2250 lecturer posts are also lying vacant in the department from past many years and 1030 posts of masters are also lying vacant in the department.

Meanwhile, the Director School Education Kashmir (DSEK) Muhammad Younis Malik told the wire service –Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that the department has started the process for filling vacant posts of Zonal Education Officers (ZEO). “We have placed 16 headmasters as in-charge ZEOs. The department is working on their postings,” he said.

He said there are also vacancies under normal matters category and RMSA masters wherein 1030 posts of masters are vacant in the department.

“Basically 2226 masters have been placed as head teachers in Upper Primary Schools under erstwhile SSA scheme. As of now we have deficit of 1196 masters in Kashmir division,” he said.

Meanwhile, the official document reads that 1238 posts of teachers are also lying vacant in the department as well.

“We are collecting details of vacant posts of teachers in Kashmir division. The vacant posts will be referred to recruiting agencies in near future and we are hopeful that the schools will get adequate staff for children,” Malik said

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