11,000 schools in dilapidated conditions: Altaf Bukhari

The minister also informed the House that around 8405 posts of 3600 masters, 4400 teachers, 99 Principals and 306 headmasters were vacant in the department.

SYED RIZWAN GEELANI
Jammu, Publish Date: Jan 21 2018 1:15AM | Updated Date: Jan 21 2018 1:15AM
11,000 schools in dilapidated conditions: Altaf BukhariGK Photo

The government on Saturday said that around 11,000 school buildings in the state were in dilapidated conditions, and 3000 other schools were operating from rented accommodation.

Education minister Syed Muhammad Altaf Bukhari also said that around 36 schools were without buildings.

The minister also informed the House that around 8405 posts of 3600 masters, 4400 teachers, 99 Principals and 306 headmasters were vacant in the department.

“But we are trying to fill the posts of principals, headmasters and masters through promotions and also hope that the recruitment agencies expedite the process for recruitment of teachers as well,” the minister said. 

“And recruitment of Urdu masters is a priority with the department,” he said.

The education minister told the House that education sector was a concern for ruling and opposition members and needs to be taken forward with joint efforts.

“I understand the concern of opposition members about vacancies of headmasters which are being managed by interim arrangements by the department,” he said and urged the opposition members to “patiently” listen to him during his reply on grants for the education.

The education minister also informed the House that there was no provision of providing compensation to the owners who provide the land for the construction of school buildings. “But the government has decided to provide employment to the people who have donated more than one kanal of land and I expect that the process will be expedited,” the minister told the House.

The education minister meanwhile told the House that two high schools out of the total 22 in Uri constituency were without headmasters. 

“Thirty-two posts of masters are also vacant in these schools and the services of senior masters are provided to the headless high schools falling in the Uri constituency,” Bukhari said.

About the reasons for not posting headmasters and masters in the schools, Bukhari said the administrative department was constrained by the advisory issued by general administration department (GAD) in light of Supreme Court directions calling for keeping the slots, meant for reserved category employees, vacant till the matter is finally heard and disposed of.

The education minister also said 622 masters have been recently cleared for confirmation by DPC and vacant positions of masters including that in Uri shall be filled very soon.

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