Bandipora losing its sheen quickly in terms of education and sanitation

Bandipora losing its sheen quickly in terms of education and sanitation

Residents appeal for intervention of UT administration

Tauseef Ahmad

Known for Alim (Knowledge ) Adab (Literature) and Aab (water) Bandipora district of north Kashmir now losing its sheen quickly. Dozens of natural water sources in the district are dying a fast death with the majority of springs turning into dumping sites for locals.

The water channels in several areas including, Ajas, Kehnusa,Ashtangoo,Aloosa Nadihal, Kema ,have now turned into dumping sites as the villagers put all garbage of their households into these water channels not only choking them but becoming a major pollutant of the Asia’s largest freshwater lake.

The data available with Kashmir Despatch said that the district is also at bottom in terms of education and results of board exams.

In Kilshay higher secondary of Gurez valley upgraded in 2018, 12 lecturer posts are vacant from the last four years. Similarly in Dawar Higher secondary two lecturer posts are vacant from last four years.For 12 classes in Kilshay higher secondary 1 lecturer and 10 teachers are posted.

Mehvish from Nadihal area of Bandipora district,a student of class 11th of Higher secondary school Nadihal said that for the last three months they don’t have a science teacher in the higher secondary.

Talking to the Kashmir Despatch one of the local students from Gurez valley said that the govt has forgotten them.

The problems in the education sector of Bandipora district are belying tall claims of the state government of providing quality education with computer aided learning.

Another local resident Mustafa of New Basti Gurez said that in the primary school of New Basti Gurez only one rented room is for forty students of five classes. The school according to locals has four teachers at present and he has to solely run the affairs of the school.

“How would our children be able to get quality education when there is only one room in which they have to run five classes ? This is the height of insensitivity and indifference of the education department towards the poor students. The future of our children is being spoiled,” said Zahoor Ahmad, whose ward studies in the same school.

The residents alleged that they had knocked every door of the administration but nothing positive had been done from years.

The residents appealed LG Manoj Sinha and deputy commissioner Bandipora to look into this matter and resolve it as soon as possible.

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