J&K worst performing state in improving standard of education

Minimal stress on improving standard of education and focus solely on giving employment to even under-matric and matriculates has resulted in Jammu and Kashmir being rated as one of the worst performing states in the

The report on elementary education has given detailed account of how bad the situation is and how the government has failed to improve standard of education. Of the total 28307 schools; only 21.31 percent have been provided with electricity connection while the remaining have either not applied or the power development department has been unnecessarily delaying the connections.

These include schools both in the urban as well as rural areas. According to the report, there are several hundred schools even in Jammu region which remains hot and humid for around 8 months of the year. Worst is the condition in the Primary Schools. 90.74 percent are without electricity connections. This makes it inconvenient for children to study inside the classrooms.

E-governance too has seemingly gone haywire with just 15.81 percent schools having computers. Most of the schools which includes government as well as private are without computers and wherever they are available, focus is on scholastics and not nurturing the e-talent of the students. Students do attend computer classes but are not taught in detail about computers.

Students have limited access to libraries since around 52.95 percent schools are without fully functional libraries. And wherever the libraries are, librarians are missing since the government has failed to make appointments. The report has said that teachers in some cases and clerical staff in most other cases have been assigned the task of looking after libraries. Experts are yet to be appointed to make the libraries functional across all the schools in the state.

Libraries are without required books. Students have no proper playfields. Just 36.48 percent schools have playgrounds. The playgrounds are in extremely bad shape and virtually unplayable. Toddlers and children admitted in Primary schools have to spend whole day inside the classrooms since playgrounds are missing. Of 28,307 schools; 21.17 percent primary schools have playgrounds.

52 percent schools are without proper furniture for students. Available furniture is not in good shape and students are forced to sit on the floor for studies. Interestingly, 88.56 percent of School Development Grant (SDG) has been utilized by the schools who have received it. 32.11 percent schools have proper boundary wall. 34.52 percent have handwash facility near toilet.

Though 99.84 percent schools are located inside buildings but 41 percent of these buildings are either rented or private or rent free. 78 percent schools have either single room or 2 to 6 classrooms. Of all the schools, 21 percent have required number of classrooms. The classrooms are in bad shape and require immediate repairs but the same is being delayed for one reason or the other.

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