Sopore: Students stage protests after administration issues warrant for HSS director

Baramulla, June 25: Protests erupted at Botingoo and Dangerpora Upper Secondary Schools for Boys, Sopore in Baramulla District after the administration issued a warrant against the headmaster of these schools for allegedly not complying with master’s orders regarding the savings of the technical staff for the digitization of land registers.

The protesting students carrying banners and placards called for action to issue Tehsildar Dangerpora’s wrongful warrant and an attack on the principal’s dignity.

“The warrant against a reputable pedagogue, the director of an institution through no fault of his own, is unethical and unwarranted. This is law enforcement authoritarianism. We now call the worthy deputy Commissioner Baramulla, to take note of the matter and take strict action against officials who have undermined the principal’s dignity,” the protesting students said.

An official said that several departments in the district have been consolidated for the digitization of land records and the help of a few educational institutions in Dangerpora Sopore has also been sought.

Speaking to Rising Kashmir, Principal HSS Botingoo Sopore Mohammad Mustafa Bhat while commenting on the matter said that the administration on one hand apologized for the act while on the other hand disparaged my position and the school staff.

“The administration has asked for our help in digitizing the land registers and we have a computer science teacher who is currently teaching computer science to about 150 students. How can I relieve such a teacher for so many months and jeopardize the students’ studies? I called my superiors and they ordered me not to relieve the teacher. The administration’s action is totally unwarranted,” he said.

He added that let the administration allow teachers to teach students instead of involving them in other work.

“The administration should at least understand how to communicate with a principal and how genuine it is to issue a warrant against a principal through no fault of his own. I am calling on the district administration, the Deputy Commissioner Baramulla, Dr. Sehrish Asgar, to learn of the matter and take necessary action against the misguidance of Tehsildar Dangerpora,” the Principal said.

Previously, the authorities assigned the task of digitizing the Jamabandies on a war footing and issued an order No. 118/0P/DNGR/2022 of 23/06/2022 for the delegation of IT managers from educational establishments under the territorial jurisdiction of Tehsil Dangerpora, Sopore.

Tehsildar Dangerpora, Malik Asif told Rising Kashmir that all the heads of the institutions complied with the orders except Principal Hr. Botingoo/Dangerpora High School.

“Principal Hr. Botingoo Secondary School was called by phone and conveyed by ZEO Dangerpora to come to the office, but he showed a nonchalant approach and did not obey master’s orders. I respect every academician , every teacher in the society and I personally called the HSS Principal but he never answered.

“Other school principals told us about their problems and we excused them from this work, but the said principal never communicated such a problem to us. He never received our calls and never called back .Why should a pedagogue introduce his ego between official affairs,” said Tehsildar Dangerpora.

While commenting on the matter, ADC Sopore, Sajad Parvaiz said that strict measures will be taken against those who affect the peaceful environment.

“Anyone found inciting students to protest will be dealt with accordingly. Digitization of land records takes place on a war footing and all manpower is utilized in the process. Said Principle has been asked to provide technical personnel, computer-savvy personnel, but it does not respect orders. If teachers at the school stick to the protests, they will be suspended with immediate effect,” the CDA added.

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