The new and innovative policy of the school education department to start Nursery and KG classes in the government schools for revival of utterly collapsed enrolment is crippling down due to the scarcity of funds.
Though at Ranvir Higher Secondary School which is considered as the heritage school, the Nursery class is going well in a well furnished and decorated room with 50 toddlers but majority of the schools are crying for funds owning to which the scheme has fallen flat.
Highly placed sources told that orders have been issued to every primary, middle and higher secondary school to start Nursery and KG classes in the school on the Private schools pattern for which schools have to maintain a well decorated room with small chairs and other items favorite to toddlers.
But unfortunately they are asked to maintain all these things by their local funds with zero assistance from the government owning to which the scheme has almost failed in the outskirts and even in many schools of city area.
Bizarrely, on one hand where the government has launched this scheme to revive totally bowed enrolment graph of the government schools due to their poor infrastructure besides simultaneous mushrooming of private schools and on other hand is asking schools to manage all its expenses from their local funds which are directly dependent upon number of students enrolled and are well evident to every single official of the education department as well.
Sources further informed that the scheme is nowhere in sight in the outskirts except one or two schools at prime locations as the government schools operating in far-flung areas are having poor ratio of students and infrastructure and it is next to impossible for them to maintain a well furnished cum decorated room with chairs and other modern toys for the toddlers from their local funds.
Also it is very much lucid to even a common man that how government schools can compete in terms of facilities and infrastructure with the peanut local funds which are being made available by the private schools after heavy investment to allure more and more enrolments.
When contacted Chief Education Officer (CEO) Jammu, Jaswinder Sudan said that the orders have been issued to all the government schools to make one of their room well furnished and decorated with chairs and other articles to start Nursery and KG classes adding that at many schools these classes are even going on which included Girl High Secondary School (HSS) Gandhi Nagar, Girls School Shashtri Nagar, Ranvir HSS, HSS R.S Pura etc.
He further said that the department is hopeful that with the onset of Nursery and KG classes in government school, the totally bowed enrolment graph will show some positive trend, as at present 50 students have already been enrolled for Nursery class at Ranvir HSS.