442 habitations in J&K without a primary school

83 schools await opening since 2012

SYED RIZWAN GEELANI
Srinagar, Publish Date: Oct 17 2018 1:46AM | Updated Date: Oct 17 2018 3:05AM
442 habitations in J&K without a primary schoolFile Photo

Bellying tall claims of the J&K government to improve literacy rate, as many as 442 habitations in the state have no primary school even as the government of India pumps crores of rupees into the state annually to increase the educational standards. 

The issue was raised during the recent project approval board (PAB) meeting of Samrga Shiksha convened by joint secretary education MHRD in New Delhi on June 20. The meeting was convened to review and consider the annual plan for 2018-19 submitted by J&K.

As per the minutes of the meeting, these 442 habitations are eligible to have a primary school.

These habitations are without a primary location at a time when the government has clubbed almost 4000 government schools during the past three years which were established under erstwhile Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) scheme. 

Around 83 new primary schools approved by MHRD in 2012-13 are yet to come up in various habitations of the state. These schools remained unopened for want of approval from the state government.

“The administrative department has received number of letters to give approval for establishment of these schools but the issue is lingering for last five years,” an official in the civil secretariat said.

A top official said these new 83 primary schools were supposed to be established on the basis of GIS mapping conducted by the education department to identify the school-less habitations.

“But the department is yet to complete the GIS mapping of all locations,” he said.

Director planning school education department, Javeed Iqbal said the schools have “probably” remained unopened due to some land issues.

“I don’t think there can be any other reason in it. Whenever the schools are projected it has to be ensured that land is available but in most of the cases I have seen the projection is made blindly,” he said.

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