Ramban Deputy Commissioner Mussarat Islam wrote to the director of education in Jammu early this month about the "virtual collapse" of the education system in the district and suggested sending a team of senior officers for spot assessment. "There is no doubt that the education system in our district is in a mess and needs urgent measures to safeguard the students' future," District Development Councilor Mohammad Shafi Zargar of Rajgarh told news organizations.
The district commissioner has also raised the issue of the worn condition of certain school buildings after conducting a safety audit of the structures, officials said, adding at least two schools – the Government Middle School Hiller, Rajgarh, and the Government Higher Secondary School Rajgarh – have been declared unsafe.
On the shortage of teaching staff, the officials said that against a sanctioned strength of 23 principals, 12 posts are vacant. Likewise, there are 269 posts of lecturers, but only 128 are posted in the district.
Against the total strength of 59 headteachers, 25 are performing their duties, and 34 posts are vacant, the officials said, adding there are 256 posts of masters and 143 posts of teachers vacant against the sanctioned strength of 437 1,285, respectively.