Notwithstanding Government’s claims of making J&K a “knowledge hub”, a school under its control in remote village of Uri has refused to enroll poor students in primary classes. The management of the Government High School Dachina in Salamabad in Uri has categorically denied admission to children for primary education, worried parents said. “We went to the school to admit our children for admission in Class 1 and 2. But the management of the school denied the admission,” aggrieved parents told KNS. They said that the management told them to admit their wards in other nearby primary schools. “The management is denying the right to education to our children,” they said. Living in far-flung and border area of Uri, the parents said that the high school falls in their vicinity of their village, and they preferred it than other far off schools. “Our children cannot travel long distances in hilly area. So we thought to admit them in the nearby school. But to our shock, the management refused to admit our children asking us to admit them in primary schools,” they said. Manjeet Singh, Headmaster of the Government High School told KNS that he refuses admission to the children because the school lacks proper accommodation for students and the school was trying to wind up primary classes. “The school I am heading has 7 rooms in which 250 students are enrolled. Besides, we don’t have other basic facilities there. So, I told the parents to admit their wards in other primary schools. We are trying to wind up primary classes in the school due to space constraints. There are four primary and two government middle schools in the area,” Sing told KNS. He added that his predecessor headmaster has started the practice of denying admission to the students. “I am following my predecessor,” he said. Deputy Commissioner Baramulla Yasha Mudgal told KNS that she will take up the issue with the concerned officials of the education department.
2015 Kashmir Despatch