Education Department’s attempts to attract students towards the government schools in Jammu and Kashmir can end up in a blunder because of lack of facilities in these institutions. The department is claiming that many people are transferring their children from private institutions to government schools.
The Education Department is expecting over one lakh new admissions in the government schools in Jammu and Kashmir. However, the most problematic thing is that the department has taken meagre measures to ensure that basic facilities are made available to students of the government-run schools. Drinking water, government building or compound walling is missing in most of the government schools.
Children in these schools don’t have access to quality education. There are 762 schools in Jammu alone without the library facility available for children. At a time when the government claims of improving the sports infrastructure in schools, asking children to take part in extra co-curricular activities, there are more than five thousand schools in Jammu region with no playgrounds. One hundred and five schools in the region don’t even have headmasters or principals. Nearly 1257 schools in Jammu don’t have subject teachers. And finally, there are 683 schools in J&K with less than 30 percent of the result. Out of these 683 schools, 476 or 70 per cent of the total, are in the Jammu region.
A senior official in the Education Department said that there have been many instances when such an issue has come to fore but the reason for government’s uninterest in the issue is unknown.
A study conducted by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) revealed that around 80 per cent of the schools in the JK don’t have any access to electricity. Nothing of any proper significance has been done by the government to cure these problems. The Education Department should rectify its past mistakes and should focus on improving conditions in government schools across the region.