Zero Student Schools Functioning “Absolutely Normally”  

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Srinagar: With the appointment of two teachers and another staffer, Government Primary School Patigund Drugmulla in Bandipora was set up to impart education to the students, however, the school with zero-student roll is functioning ‘absolutely normally’ with the staff drawing hefty salaries.

 “With the declines of student roll to zero, one of the female teachers was shifted to nearby government school of Drugmalla where her one of the sisters was already appointed as teacher,” said sources.

They added that another teacher was shifted to Thregam zone school under rationalization.

“The officials are showing four students enrolled in the school while no students are enrolled in the school. All funds are withdrawn from the state exchequer including on the name of mid-day meal,” sources added.

They added that peon and another staffer were also receiving monthly salaries for “doing nothing”, adding, “The fact is that not a single employee comes to school as there is nothing to perform as official duty. All they are getting salaries for sitting idle at their own homes.”

The staffers including teachers are sitting at home and drawing monthly salaries from the state exchequer, thus the precious public money is spent on achieving nothing.

Similarly, in the same area, government primary schools in Chopan Mohalla- A, Chopan Mohalla- B and Shiekhpora Gund, all the schools are having zero student population.

The areas are backward. The school falls within the domain of these areas have presently no Zonal education Officer while the officers below of ZEO rank are well aware about the facts.

“However, those officials have given blind eye to these all facts for the reasons best known to them,” said an official.

Director School education Kashmir, Aijaz Ahmad said that he would look into the matter.

In May, 2015, the government had started to shut the schools which have zero student population.

There is more mess in the education sector, the minister’s information had revealed.

He had revealed that there were at least 4994 schools in the State where the student population varies between one to 35 students.

In absence of a policy and lack of accountability, both school and higher education continue to be in messy affairs in the state.

In 2014, a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India pointed out that uneven teacher-student ratio, improper buildings with inadequate facilities in the classroom, rented accommodation to run the schools were among the main problems in the state education sector.

The report pointed out lack of basic amenities and facilities such as toilets, drinking water, playgrounds in scores of schools.

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