Members in the Legislative Council on Tuesday expressed concern over the miserable condition of state of school education in Jammu and Kashmir.
The issue was raised in the calling attention notice moved by Congress party member Jugal Kishore Sharma regarding the vacancy of posts of zonal education officers (ZEOs) in all the six zones of district Reasi.
Deputy chairman Khalid Najeeb Sowardy also expressed grave concern over present state of affairs in the education sector.
"The situation of education sector is dismal in all over the state. It is a serious matter. I want an assurance from your side in the House that all vacant posts of zonal education officers in the state will be filled at the earliest," Sorwardy said told minister of state for education Feroz Ahmad Khan.
Khan informed that the process for updating the final seniority list of headmasters and equivalent is under process and the same will be issued shortly.
As and when the final seniority list of headmasters and equivalent officers is issued, the process of placement of headmasters to I/C zonal education officers and equivalent will be initiated.
Sharma in his motion pointed out that due to vacant posts of ZEOs smooth functioning of about 1,032 middle and primary schools is being hampered.
Sharma charged, "It is quite unfortunate that as the six vacant posts of ZEOs of Reasi district are lying vacant, the ZEPO and principals are made incharge ZEOs. How will you run the flagship education schemes RMSA and SSA when you do not have the officers to monitor those schemes? Why the government has failed to fill the vacancy of those ZEOs?
"Under which criteria the makeshift arrangements are made. The departmental promotion committees constituted by government are just an eye wash and nothing happens at ground level. Education is an important sector, out future is linked with it," Sharma said.
Earlier, the minister had admitted that presently the posts of zonal education officers in all six zones of Reasi are lying vacant.
The minister said that there is a shortage of officers at ZEOs and equivalent level. The feeding cadre for the post of ZEOs and equivalent is headmaster and equivalent, adding that the department has recently regularized I/C headmasters and equivalent officers.
The minister assured that all the vacant posts of ZEOs and equivalent posts in all six zones in Reasi will be filled up accordingly.