Authorities in the school education department said that some teachers in government-run-schools are organizing the community classes only for their publicity.

The government also said that the community classes were voluntarily started by the teachers with genuine concern for the poor kids lacking access to the internet.

Commissioner Secretary to the government for School Education Department Asgar Samoon said, “Few teachers organize community classes just for publicity.”

Samoon on his Twitter handle also said that this practice should be avoided and there should be no compromise on quality of online education.

He also directed the Directors of School Education of Jammu and Kashmir and Chief Education Officers (CEO) to monitor the situation.

“Community classes voluntary initiative by teachers with genuine concern for poor kids lacking access to internet but few teachers organise “community classes” just for publicity”; should be avoided; also no compromise on quality of online classes; DSEK, DSEJ, and CEO’s to monitor,” Samoon tweeted.

Meanwhile, the government teachers have said that the community classes were more effective in terms of compensating the academic losses suffered by the students during this COVID-19 pandemic.

One of the teachers said, “In absence of high-speed internet and non-availability of electronic gadgets among many of the students in government-run-schools, the community schooling is more effective as compared to online education.”

Pertinently, in the previous month, the School Education Department started eight classes on a daily basis via different platforms that includes telecasting and broadcasting of the lectures