Most government schools in Jammu do not have cleaners

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Notwithstanding the government claims of maintaining high levels of cleanliness in educational institutions under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, most of the government-run schools in Jammu are struggling to ensure proper hygiene due to shortage of sweepers and allied staff.

There are 1,581 government-run schools in Jammu district with 322 sanctioned female institutions.Sources said lack of funds at the disposal of schools was the main reason for the lack of cleanliness in the institutions.

The schools are not able to appointment a permanent sweeper or allied staff due to shortage of funds, they said.The sources said though the higher secondary and high schools manage cleanliness with part time arrangements, the condition of primary and middle schools was very bad owing to paucity of funds.“Recently, a meeting was held under the chairmanship of Commissioner/Secretary, School Education Department, wherein all the Chief Education Officers were told to ensure functional toilet facility in the remaining schools under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

Though the target will definitely be achieved, the question is whether the schools have adequate funds to appoint a permanent person, not only to ensure cleanliness of toilets but also the whole institution on daily basis,” said an official.“Old and big institutions like Government Ranbir Higher Secondary School, Parade, and Government Higher Secondary School, Gandhi Nagar, do maintain cleanliness, but even these institutions are struggling to deploy permanent staff for cleanliness in and around the school,” the official claimed.Chief Education Officer (CEO), Jammu, JK Sudan told  that schools were facing difficulties in regular cleanliness due to lack of staff.“There are schools in Jammu district which have sweepers available for cleanliness, but most of the institutions have to manage the affairs on part time basis as there is no permanent sweeper available to them,” the CEO said.When asked whether the government schools in Jammu district had constructed toilets under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Sudan said: “Yes, almost all the government schools in Jammu district have achieved the target of constructing toilets.”

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