Bandipora, Sep 19: The students at Government Higher Secondary School Budaab, located in the Tulail Valley of Gurez in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district, have expressed concern over the shortage of staff, saying their education is getting severely affected.
The students said there are only two lecturers in the school.
The students said the chronic shortage of staff in schools is compelling those from economically low backgrounds to make a difficult choice of either discontinuing their education or enrolling in private institutions.
Haseeb Ahmad, a student, said, “We have been pleading for additional staff for several months but our pleas remain just pleas.”
Another student Saleem Ahmad said the staff shortage has taken a toll on their academic progress. He said the government is not taking the issue seriously.
The parents of the student also have expressed concern over the non-availability of an adequate number of teachers in the school.
“I am concerned over the future of my son. I have to take some decisions now,” said Mushtaq Ahmad, a parent. However, many parents have decided to enroll their children in private schools.
The students as well as parents have appealed to the Director School Education Kashmir (DSEK) to address this pressing issue promptly.
An official of the education department said he would look into the matter.