Students at a government school at Wullarhama, Pahalgam town of Anantnag district of South Kashmir are suffering due to lack of faculty. This school, as per the students, has few teachers to cater to the needs of all students.
“We have a shortage of teachers in our school, says Maria, a student.
Marai further says that lack of teachers, particularly maths faculty, is increasing their problems.
“We belong to poor family and cannot arrange tuitions for ourselves and in such conditions it becomes difficult to study. “
Commenting further on this issue she maintains that in case of students, studying in higher classes, self study is not easy. “I tried hard to study on my own but I can’t understand things.”
Maria says they have many times brought the matter into the consideration of their headmaster – who assures them problem will get fixed. “But is has been long and we are still waiting for teachers to arrive.”
There are many government schools around the valley right now which are reeling under the same problem and even though students face problems no recruitment is being carried, people say.
“You will see many schools where the staff is quite low. Despite having vacancies govt fails to appoint teachers,” says Riyaz Ahmad, an aspiring teacher.
He says that every now and then advertisements are being carried out in local newspapers but when it comes to appointment it is only few lucky ones who get posted.
Parents blame the government for this callous attitude. “It is because of government only that the students of these schools lag behind and at times of results blame is put on other things,” says Mohammad Hanief, a parent.