Villagers Lock Govt School in Handwara

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SRINAGAR: Residents of a village in Handwara in north Kashmir on Wednesday locked a government run primary school because it had no teachers.

Dozens of villagers, including parents of children, who are studying at Government Primary school at Tantary-Gund Mawar village in Handwara, staged a protest demonstration against the lack of teaching faculty in the school.

“Around 58 students are enrolled in the school with only two ReT teachers there to teach them”, the aggrieved parents said.

They said the authorities have posted six teachers out of which four have been deployed in the different institutions for election purposes.

The parents lashed out at the authorities for playing with the career of their wards. Instead of getting education, they said, their wards are being forced to pass time. They later locked the school, saying it served them no purpose.

Meanwhile, locals complained that due to the ongoing process of getting ‘Adhaar’ cards in the district, authorities are keeping the educational institutions closed, which usually results in the loss of precious time for students.

Despite repeated attempts made, Director Education Kashmir  could not be contacted for comments. 

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