Crumbling education infrastructure:700 schools operate from rented buildings in Kashmir
Srinagar, Jan 19:
More than 700 government schools are functioning from rented buildings in
accessed by The Kashmir Monitor reveals that Budgam tops the list with 150 out
of total 1260 schools functioning from rented buildings.
It is followed by
Srinagar where 146 out of 518 schools are operating from rented buildings.
Ganderbal district in central Kashmir has the
lowest number of schools operating from rented buildings. Only 10 schools are
functioning from rented buildings in the
are 100, 30 and 22 schools which function from rented buildings in Anantnag,
Kulgam, and Shopian districts respectively. Bandipora, Baramulla and Kupwara
districts have 37, 53 and 81 schools which operate from rented buildings.
An official of
the Directorate School Education said the government was paying Rs three to
four crore rent for these schools.
school which functions from rented accommodation has at least two rooms,” he
educationist Bashir Ahmad Dar said these schools lack basic amenities including
toilets, drinking water, playground, libraries and laboratories.
Moreover, he said, these schools lack safety
measures like fire extinguishers to avert any eventuality.
don’t even qualify for housing a school. Government should try to acquire its
own land and avoid running a school from a rented accommodation. There are
certain rules and regulations for starting a school which the department needs
to follow,” he added.
Education, Kashmir, Dr Younis Malik, said sanction has been accorded for constructing new school buildings.
“In urban areas
there is an issue of land accusation”, Dr Younis added.
government schools in Jammu and Kashmir lack separate toilet facilities for
girls, forcing them to skip school or completely drop out, reveal a 2019 survey
by Annual Status of Education Report.
Around 30% of
schools have no separate toilet facility for girl students. “21.7% schools have
toilet but they are either locked or are not usable,” the survey says.
48.2% of the total government schools in J&K have separate, unlocked and
useable toilet facilities for girls.