Concerned over high drop out rate in government schools of Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta has asked the School Education Department to take corrective measures.
Arun Kumar Mehta chaired a meeting of Steering-Cum-Monitoring Committee for Mid Day Meal (MDM) scheme and reviewed the facilities being provided in the government schools across Jammu and Kashmir.
The Chief Secretary reviewed the enrolment and dropout rates in government schools. He directed the School Education Department to assess the reasons for high dropouts and take corrective measures to reduce the same while simultaneously enhancing the student enrolment. He directed special focus towards ensuring gender parity, especially in rural areas by ensuring basic facilities to the girl students including sanitation and security.
Administrative Secretaries of the departments of Health & Medical Education, Rural Development, School Education, Jal Shakti, Higher Education, Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs, besides Directors School Education, Jammu/Kashmir and Director, SAMAGRA SHIKSHA participated in the meeting.
To maintain high standards of quality education at government schools, School Education Department has been asked to update the curriculum on the lines of NCERT by 31st August this year as a part of its education policy
The Chief Secretary observed that Jammu and Kashmir maintains a high teacher-pupil ratio and asked the Department to rationalize the availability of teachers based on student strength of schools with a special focus on schools in rural areas. It was directed that availability of at least two teachers per school needs to be ensured.