Srinagar, Apr 29: A government middle school in a remote village in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir is in dire need of attention as only two teachers are posted there for 200 tribal students.
The school located in the hill village of Dhadkai, five kilometers from Gandoh town, has been facing the staff shortage for a very long time despite having highest enrolment in the district, which was recently described by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti as the “most underdeveloped region” in the state.
But this school is not the only facing paucity of teachers. There are other schools, especially in the far-flung areas of the district, which are faced with almost the same problem, an official said.
He said efforts are underway to address the problem. Comprising two panchayats – Dhadkai A and Dhadkai B – all the village residents are Gujjars. In December last year, Chief Minister Mehbooba termed Doda as the most underdeveloped region with poor connectivity and vowed to work tirelessly for its overall development.
The residents said the shortage of teaching staff has become a big hurdle for education of children, especially the girls.
“Traditionally Gujjar girls do not go to schools but my parents decided against this and I trek two kilometers of steep hill to reach school only to hear noise. It becomes extremely difficult for two teachers to control 200 students of eight classes simultaneously and they end up making noise,” said Gulshan Bano, a Class 7 student.
Mudassir Ahmad of Class 8 said he joined the school with a dream of becoming a teacher. “Given the circumstances, I think qualifying even my board examination later this year will be a miracle.”
The parents of students are equally worried over the state of affairs. They claim the problem has not been addressed despite their repeated requests to the government.
“We are unable to understand that despite so many schemes and slogans to provide education to all, why are the authorities spoiling the future of our children?” said Jamat Ali, a local resident The headmaster of the school admitted that the shortage of the staff is having a very bad impact on the students.
“We are trying our best by putting in all our efforts to provide education to these poor tribal students. But it is practically impossible to give quality education to all the eight classes simultaneously by two teachers. In the end, we just manage to control the crowd of 200 students,” said Ali Hussain, the headmaster.
He said the school has maximum enrolment (200 student) but minimum staff (2 teachers) in the entire district. District’s Chief Education Officer (CEO) Mohammad Sharief Chauhan said the problem would be addressed within shortest possible time.
“We have already started the process of rationalization of 500 teachers and this will ensure that surplus staff from some schools will be shifted to the schools with fewer than required staff,” he said. “I will ensure that within next three days, middle school Dhadkai gets the required teaching staff,” he said.
Don’t use Pulwama attack as an excuse to harm Jammu Muslims: Rasheed
Srinagar, Feb 15: Expressing anger and anguish over hooliganism by miscreants of various right-wing organizations at various places in Jammu city, AIP President Er Rasheed has urged law enforcing agencies and civil administration to ensure protection to all sections of people without being biased.
In a statement issued today Er Rasheed said, “Nobody is celebrating killing of CRPF men in Pulwama attack and no one other than Kashmiris can feel the pain of bereaved families better than them, as we have been passing through this turmoil since last thirty years, however nothing lies in hands of Kashmiris and neither their words nor condemnations mean anything to those who matter and who can bring peace in the entire region including Jammu and Kashmir.”
“Giving the incident a communal colour and using it as an excuse to create communal tension in Jammu city is condemnable and unacceptable. How can dozens of vehicles were damaged and set to fire in presence of law enforcing agencies at various places in Jammu city and why is not Jammu administration doing enough to ensure that law and order are maintained in the entire city,” said Er Rasheed.
Er Rasheed while appealing from restraining from all sides added that there is no justification to attack vehicles and other properties of a particular community or to attack stranded Kashmiris for none of their faults.
Er Rasheed appealed all stakeholders to show restraint and realize that violence is not any solution and let all of us understand that wars are not won and animosity will help none. He said that Kashmiris are the worst sufferers of animosity between India and Pakistan and they have always been seeking a peaceful resolution to the political dispute.
Er Rasheed appealed BJP leadership to show maturity and rise above regional and religious politics and reminded BJP leadership in Jammu not to forget that they are ruling at the Centre and their every action in Jammu has to be mature rather adding fuel to the fire.
Shah Faesal appeals people of Jammu to maintain calm
Srinagar, Feb 15: Former IAS officer Shah Faesal on Friday appealed to people of Jammu to observe restraint and maintain calm.
Taking to social networking site Twitter, Shah Faesal wrote: “My sincere appeal to brothers from Jammu to maintain calm. This is not the time to call for revenge. This is not the time to fuel hatred against each other.”
“Let’s not allow our humanity to be snatched from us. Let’s stay united,” Shah Faesal wrote on Twitter.
Earlier reports and witnesses said that mobs torched and damaged dozens of vehicles during the violent protests which broke out today morning in Gujjar Nagar and Prem Nagar areas amid a shutdown called by Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry against the killing of CRPF men in Lethpora attack on Thursday.
Yasin condemns slapping of PSA on JKLF leader
Srinagar, Feb 15: Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Muhammad Yasin Malik on Friday condemned the slapping of second consecutive PSA on JKLF leader Zahoor Ahmad Butt who has been shifted to Islamabad Sub-Jail.
In a statement issued to media, the spokesman said High court had recently quashed PSA on him and he was shifted to Kupwara jail from Kot-balwal form where he has been again slapped with PSA.
Condemning this ‘state repression’, Malik said that “using black laws to prolong incarceration of political leaders and activists is most undemocratic and tyrannical.”
Malik has expressed his heartfelt grief and sorrow over the demise of Abdul Ahad Lone who was the father of senior JKLF member Fayaz Ahmad Lone of Kaw Mohala Khanyar.
JKLF leaders Noor Muhammad Kalwal, Sheikh Abdul Rashid, Ghulam Muhammad Dar and others reached Khanyar and expressed solidarity with the bereaved family.
While praying for the heavenly abode of the deceased, they also prayed for the Sabr-i-Jamil of his bereaved family.
Meanwhile, JKLF paid tributes to Haigam martyrs who rendered sacrifices in 2001 when forces opened fire on peaceful protesters who were protesting against the custodial killing of JKLF leader Jalil Ahmad Shah.
On the occasion, a congregational prayers meeting was held at Hygam Sopore in which JKLF district president Syed Nisar Jeelani and other participated and paid tributes to these martyrs.
While remembering the struggle and sacrifices of Jalil Ahmad Shah and others including women, JKLF leaders prayed for the heavenly abode of martyrs and reiterated their pledge to take the mission of these martyrs to its desired goal.