Srinagar, Jan 26: Nearly 34.4 per cent of the youth in the age group of 14-18 years in the state can’t locate Jammu and Kashmir on India’s map, Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2017 titled ‘Beyond Basics’ reveals.
The survey, which was conducted all over the India, pointed out some serious shortcomings in the state’s education sector that the government has failed to overcome.
In the national survey, each state was represented by a district and the ASER team for Jammu and Kashmir choose to survey rural Budgam in J&K.
According to the survey, 1154 youth in 936 households of 60 villages in Budgam district were consulted, out of which majority of the students struggled about use of maps.
It said that nearly 12 per cent of the students who were surveyed couldn’t name their state while 43.2 per cent failed to locate India’s capital New Delhi.
The survey said that 18 per cent couldn’t recognize the India’s map.
In the survey, the ASER also pointed out the weakness of the students in performing basic tasks in various subjects.
The survey suggested that nearly 16 per cent students at school level in the surveyed villages couldn’t count, while 10 and 32 per cent couldn’t understand time and weights, respectively.
It said that 37 couldn’t measure the length, while 32 per cent couldn’t take a purchase decision.
In arithmetic, the survey mentioned, 56 per cent of students were not able to divide a three-digit by one-digit figure, whereas 21 per cent of those surveyed were not up to the mark in basic subtraction.
In technical education, ASER reveals that 64.7 per cent students of 14-18 years age have never used computer, while 68.8 per cent never had access to the internet.
In the financial participation, only 5.9 per cent have used internet banking, while 22.1 per cent have used ATM services.
Though 87.8 per cent have their own bank accounts, but out of them 60.1 per cent of have deposited or withdrawn money.
Regarding the out-of-school children, the largest household-based survey revealed that the drop-out rate increases with age. Between age 14-18, only 10.4 per cent adolescents were not enrolled in education institutions but at age 16-18, the percentage of such youth rises to 16.1 per cent.
Shopkeeper shot dead in Tral
Srinagar, Nov 13: Unidentified gunmen shot dead a shopkeeper at Tral in South Kashmir’s Puwlama district on Wednesday, police said.
The slain was in his shop near Old Bus Stand, Tral, 36 kms from here, when pistol borne masked men shot at him from point-blank range at around 3 p.m.
Zarger was immediately shifted to a nearby hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead.
A police official while confirming the killing said the slain hailed from Tral town.
Reports said the killing created panic in the town.
In recent weeks, militants have started targeting civilians and hurling grenades at crowded places to impose shutdown in the Valley.
Last Monday one civilian died while over 40 were injured when militants threw a grenade in a crowded market near city center Lal Chowk in Srinagar.
Prior to that, non-local laborers, truck drivers and fruit traders were targeted by the militants in south Kashmir.
On August 30, unidentified gunmen shot dead a 65-year-old shopkeeper at Parimpora area of Srinagar. On September 30, unidentified gunmen shot at apple grower at Sopore leaving the grower and four others including a four-year-old girl injured.
The Valley witnessed spontaneous shutdown after the Center abrogated the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 and bifurcated the erstwhile state into two union territories on August 5.
However, in recent weeks the impact of the shutdown is waning as more and more people are resuming their normal activities across Kashmir.
Yet another accident: Four killed, 5 injured in Kishtwar mishap
Jammu, Nov 13: Four people were killed and five others injured when a vehicle skidded off the road and rolled down into a deep gorge in Kishtwar district on Wednesday, officials said.
The vehicle, carrying pilgrims from Palmar to the Sarthal temple, fell into the gorge after the driver lost control over it, they said.
Police and locals rushed to the spot and shifted the injured to a district hospital in Kishtwar, where doctors declared four of them brought dead, the officials said.
Three critically injured people were shifted to the Government Medical College here through a chopper for specialised treatment.
District administration, Kishtwar, provided immediate relief of Rs 10,000 each to the family members of the deceased and 5,000 each to the injured.
This is the second such incident in 24 hours as 16 people, including five women and three children, were killed on Tuesday when a passenger vehicle skidded off the road and fell into a deep gorge in Doda district.
Snow, rain from today
Srinagar, Nov 13: The union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh are likely to witness snowfall and rains for three days starting Thursday, the meteorological department said. The weatherman has forecast widespread snowfall in the Kashmir Valley and Ladakh from Thursday to Saturday. Jammu is also likely to witness snowfall and rains on Friday and Saturday.
There was no let up in the cold spell in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday as several areas in the union territory recorded temperatures below the season’s average, a Met department spokesperson said. Srinagar, which is reeling under intense cold after the season’s first snowfall last week, marked the day temperature at 7.2 degrees Celsius against the previous day’s 7.4 degrees Celsius, he said.
Jammu recorded a maximum of 24.1 degrees Celsius, 3.2 notches below the season’s average, and a minimum of 14.0 degrees Celsius, which is 0.6 notches above average, he said. The ski resort of Gulmarg, which recorded several feet of snowfall last week, saw a maximum of 5.4 degrees Celsius, the spokesperson said.
However, he said, the hill resort recorded a minimum of minus 1.5 degrees Celsius against the previous night’s minus 4.2 degrees Celsius. Katra, the famous town which serves as the base camp for the pilgrims visiting Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Reasi district, recorded a high of 22.4 degrees Celsius and a low of 12.6 degrees Celsius, he said.