|Early Times Report|
Jammu, May 10: The non-seriousness of Education Department towards education system can be gauged from the fact that around 15 educational zones of five districts in Jammu province have been running without required ministerial staff, with the result teachers from other schools have been attached for its functioning.
Sources told Early Times that instead of enhancing educational facilities in the schools by providing adequate teachers and other infrastructure, the Education Department has been utilizing the services of teachers in running clerical work in hanging zones, hence adversely impacting studies of the students.
In Kathua district, there are five hanging zones including Bhadhu, Mahanpur, Lakhpur, Marheen and Sallan, where required staff has not been provided and teachers have been put to work as clerk.
In Samba district, Ramgarh zone has been suffering with shortage of staff, source said.
Similarly in Reasi disrict, two educational zones, Chinkha and Chassana, are without staff. Likewise in Kishtwar district, two zones, Nagseni and Dharabsalla, lack ministerial staff.
In Jammu district, there are five zones including Gandhinagar, Chowkichoura, Arnia, Miransahab and Jammu fall in hanging zones where teachers have been running the show.
"Teachers who have some basic knowledge of computer are preferred in hanging zones and are subsequently attached to work as clerks. Moreover, it has been observed that most of the zones where teachers have been attached to work as clerk are from hilly districts," sources said.
They further informed that as per rule at least a staff of 10 is required in every educational zone office which includes 1 post of Head Assistant, 2 posts of Senior Assistants, 2 Junior Assistants, 1 Account Assistant, 3 class IV employees and 1 ZEPO.
The issue of shortage of ministerial staff in many zones has been taken up many times with the concerned authority, but to no avail, the sources added.