Govt schools in J&K running on God’s mercy: Tony

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 19: Castigating Jammu and Kashmir Government for leaving Government schools on God’s mercy, Aam Aadmi Party’s spokesperson and senior leader T S Tony today said that more than 2000 Government schools in J&K have been closed since BJP is in power from last 8 years while failure of Government to execute annual transfer drive and assigning additional duties to teachers is taking a toll on the future of the students.
“The failure of Government to manage affairs of School Education Department can be gauged from the fact that more than 2000 Government schools have been closed in last 8 years which shows that Government is not paying any attention towards improvement in the system but is taking harsh decisions to close the institutions due to which students of those areas have to walk upto schools that are located in far off areas,” he said in a statement, issued here today.
Tony also pooh poohed claims over increase in enrollment of students in Government schools and said that recently it has come to fore that only three out of forty five enrolled students in Govt Middle School Mendhar were present during an inspection and remaining forty two students belonging to other States were not present in the school which could be an act of fake admissions and there is no big thing if practice is followed in other areas also which clearly establishes that rise in enrollment in Government schools of J&K could be merely a paper figure.
AAP leader also termed failure of Jammu and Kashmir Government to implement annual transfer drive as another example of gross mismanagement in the department and said that now teachers are also staging protest demanding implementation of online mode of ATD.
TS Tony said that even after multiple circulars and directions from the Government, the teachers and other officials working in Government schools are being assigned additional duties like BLOs in elections which is not acceptable at any cost as putting a teacher on other jobs rather than teaching can badly effect the future of students in the school.
He appealed Jammu and Kashmir Government to stop running paper horses for reforms in education sector and to understand the ground realities so that situation is improved in real sense and condition of Government schools gets improved.