Surrounded by a dire shortage of teaching staff, Kavita Devi, a laborers daughter is teaching the students in a Jammu and Kashmir school she previously studied at. Devi hails from a financially weaker section and teaches for free in the Government school situated in Naror, Udhampur, located in a fairly distant region. This school provides education from the first standard to the eighth standard.
Kavita Devi reportedly said, "I have been teaching here for three years. I am serving here due to an acute shortage of staff in the school. This is a very remote area and these students were facing a major problem here so I finally thought of teaching them."
"How will these children study when we do not have sufficient staff?" Kavita Devi was reported saying.
She also urged the Prime Minister, to take this into consideration and save the future of these children who are in a prompt need of good education and teachers. Rajesh Kumar, Incharge teacher, echoed Kavita's words, saying, "We have a shortage of teachers in this school for the last six years and this school is in bad shape. Only two teachers are available in this school from the past six years. We had also approached our Head of Department (HOD) and told them that the students studying here belong to a financially poor background and because of the unavailability of staff they have to suffer. HOD hasn't come up with any solution yet."
Additionally, he stated that Kavita is just an alumnus of this school and in regard to that is helping these poor students. He also requested that the Prime Minister acknowledge the situation and take measures for the betterment of the education for these students.
This comes amid the region of Jammu and Kashmir slowly going back to normalcy post abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35 A.
A similar case was reported in the Samroli area where hundreds of students, along with their parents, blocked the Jammu-Srinagar national highway to protest against the shortage of teachers in their school. They have demanded the Education Department and Chief Education Officer to appoint more teachers to their school as the shortage was severely affecting their education.
(With Inputs from ANI)