The Jammu & Kashmir high court made a teacher write an essay on cow and solve a Class IV maths problem in an open court and ordered slapping a case against him when he failed.The judge also made strong observations saying that “soulless“ authorities should close down education “tuck shops“. The direction came on Friday when Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar was hearing a petition challenging appointment of Mohammad Imran Khan as Rehbar-e-Taleem (education guide) teacher in a school in south Kashmir.

The petitioner had alleged that Khan’s certificates -issued by Board of Higher Secondary Education, Delhi and Global Open University, Nagaland were not recognised.

The marksheet issued to the respondent by the Board of High er Secondary Education Delhi showed he had secured 74%, 73% and 66% in Ur du, English and Maths respectively.

The court asked a senior counsel to give a simple sentence for translation from English to Urdu and vice-versa but the teacher failed. The teacher was then asked to write an essay on cow in Urdu, but he failed.Khan sought permission to write the essay outside the courtroom, which was granted, but he failed again.

Khan, who claimed he had better hold on Mathematics, was then asked to solve a maths problem for 4th graders. As he failed yet again, a visibly perturbed Justice Muzaffar Hus sain Attar sai d,“In this situa tion, what would be the fate of the state has to be only visualised. The school-going children… would pass out as blockheads.

“The authorities, responsible to ensure that the stream of academics and education is not polluted in the state of Jammu & Kashmir, however, in view of the facts, which have surfaced in this case, have acted as soulless bodies, as they have criminally condoned and overlooked the Himalayan blunders committed in procuring the academic degrees,“ the court observed.