Revolutionising education; ‘Where is infrastructure’

Official figures show out of 519 schools in Srinagar, 243 schools including 24 high schools are functioning from rented buildings.

SYED RIZWAN GEELANI
Srinagar, Publish Date: Jun 22 2018 1:28AM | Updated Date: Jun 22 2018 1:28AM
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Denting claims of the authorities to ‘revolutionize’ education sector majority of the government schools in Srinagar alone function from rented accommodations and are not entitled for infrastructural up gradation.

Official figures show out of 519 schools in Srinagar, 243 schools including 24 high schools are functioning from rented buildings.

However, provisions with the education department do not entitle schools working from rented buildings for infrastructural up gradation such as toilets and drinking water facility.

“Srinagar district has emerged as most challenging for the department as around 50 percent schools cannot be up graded infrastructure wise,” sources privy to Greater Kashmir said, adding that no school functioning from rented building was covered under Swach Bharat Mission scheme even.

This newspaper had earlier reported about deplorable condition of a government middle school at S K colony Qamarwari which functions from the ground floor of a building housing cloth factory also.

As per official figures there are 23773 government schools in the state in which over 13 lakh students are enrolled.

Besides Srinagar there are 180 schools in Baramulla, 36 schools including single high school in Kulgam, 14 schools in Ganderbal functioning from rented buildings.

Director School Education Kashmir (DSEK) G N Itoo said that the issue was taken in recent board meeting in which it was decided that special grants will be allocated to schools functioning from rented accommodations to shift them to permanent buildings owned by the department.

“We will shift schools functioning from rented accommodations to these buildings houses permanently. They will be owned by the department,” he said.

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