Anantnag Schools Mock at Teacher Student Ratio

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Anantnag: Government Girls Middle School, Bon Dialgam, located in the outskirts of Anantnag main town is a glaring example of nepotism prevalent in the education department. 

With a total roll of 24 students, some eight teachers have been posted here, who belong to the influential families, according to local sources. Same is the case with a nearby Boys Middle School where nine teachers have been posted to teach a total of 34 students. 

Most of these teachers are females, whose husbands have a close liaison with the top government officials and the politicians, because of whom they get posted in these two schools where there is literally no work to do. 

There is not a single student in class 6th at GMS Bon Dialgam, given the overall less roll of this school. 

The actual teacher-student ratio suggested by the education department is 1:25.

“These schools not only drain the state exchequer for practically no work but also are a wastage of government assets. The large building which one of these schools occupy can be put to some good use if these schools get merged with each other. These two schools have been reduced merely into a leisure spot for the people who enjoy influence in the power corridors. Very few students attend these school now as rest of them have dropped out too”,laments a local, Mushtaq Ahmed. 

There are several schools in and around Anantnag town where there is a dearth of teachers”, he said.

The education department tried to merge these school before but the interference by some top bureaucrats stalled the process in favour of the teachers posted there, according to an insider. 

No CEO dares to transfer the staff either as it will upset some higher ups who have relatives posted there, he added.

“There is no such political or any pressure to keep the teachers posted in these schools where there is hardly any work to do. We have been considering to club both these schools with each other and in coming couple of days, we will be doing it. The headmasters actually were awaiting the rolls to increase with the approach of new academic seasons but not much local students turned up”, said in-charge ZEO, Achabal zone.

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