Rising Kashmir NewsJammu:
Chairman of JK National Panthers Party, Harsh Dev Singh, on Friday said that the Education sector in the state is on the “verge of collapse.”
“With around 10,000 teachers including masters and RETs having been attached in places other than their actual places of postings, the Education department is standing on the verge of collapse,” Singh said in a statement.
He said that schools in the remoteareas were the worst sufferers in the process of such attachments “and other whimsical transfers”. “The helmsmen appear to have had abdicated their responsibility towards the significant issue by merely issuing halfhearted statements and obscure circulars and without bothering to ensure their implementation,” he alleged.
He alleged that “commercialization” of school education in the form of “paid transfers and attachments has taken a heavy toll of academic activity in various rural and far flung area schools”.
He said that teachers have been attached in schools, offices of ZEOs, CEOs Tehsildars, SDMs, DCs, DSE as per the reply obtained by him through various RTIs.
Alleging large scale “corruption and nepotism” in the process of these transfers and attachments, Singh said that all circulars, notifications, orders, policies were “contemptuously thrown to the winds while issuing such nasty orders”.
“There are several cases in which teachers have been transferred from one premise to the other in the same educational institution. There were instances of pre-mature transfers having been effected without approval of competent authority, transfers on medical grounds without bonafide medical certificates and continuance of transfers beyond the deadlines fixed both summer and winter zones,” he alleged.
He alleged that crores of rupees was being paid as HRA illegally to the teachers who “have their substantive postings in other districts and rural areas but have been attached in cities and towns over and above the sanctioned strength of staff”.