Fate Of Erstwhile National School Teachers Hangs In balance

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Edu dept indecisive about absorption of teachers of once a leading school

Mubashir Aalam Wani

Srinagar: Despite the passage of around two years, the school education department is still indecisive about permanent absorption of teachers working in erstwhile National School Srinagar.

According to wire service—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), in January last year, the school education department issued an order to take over control of erstwhile National School Srinagar.

The decision to take over the control of the school was taken in view of the decreasing enrollment of student in the institution. However, the fate of teachers continue to hang in balance given the laxity of the school education department.

As per the order issued by then secretary education department, Farooq Ahmad Shah it was decided that the government will continue to utilize services of 11 staff members till they superannuate from the services.
However, an official told KNO that the decision remained confined to only papers.

“The government only took over control of National School but they didn’t take any decision about the faculty,” an official said.
Already, the government has merged four government schools in the building of National School Srinagar.

“The schools were shifted here after 2014 floods. The shift was temporary but the four schools continue to function under one roof here,” the official said.

He said the school education department also merged the students of erstwhile National school with the students of government high school Zaindar Muhalla which was already functioning in the building after 2014 floods.

“The file regarding absorption of teachers of National school is gathering dust in civil Secretariat. Government has not officially confirm its decision yet,” the official said.

The National School was established in early 1930s in Srinagar and students from all parts of city would enroll in this school as it was centrally located.

“But from past many years, the student enrollment decreased in the school on alarmi rate,” said one of the teachers who worked in National school Srinagar for years together.

An official in the directorate of school education Kashmir told KNO that the file was put up in the administrative department around a year ago but the issue was shelved for unknown reasons. Director School Education Kashmir Younis Malik could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.

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