Decoding rot in education: Over 1100 cr in kitty, JK failed to conduct ‘out of school children’ survey
Srinagar, Feb 23:
As much as the authorities say otherwise, the state of education in Jammu and
Kashmir remains pathetic as key indicators show the government has repeatedly
failed on improving school academic and management standards.
document of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) showing the progress
under the Samagra Shiksha scheme spills the beans.
To begin with,
the authorities in J&K, as per the documents, have not conducted any survey
to determine the number of Out of School Children (OoSC) since 2016.
The last survey,
2016-17, had listed 52500 Out of School Children.
mainstreaming of out of school children in regular schools is very low. J&K
has not conducted/updated survey of Out of School Children since 2016-17. There
is an urgent need to have a renewed focus on universal enrollment, attendance,
and completion of elementary education,” reads the MHRD document outlining the
status of the Samagra Sikhsa scheme in J&K for the year 2019-20.
performance in determining OoSC is just the tip of the iceberg.
When it comes to
education indicators, the document reveals that 70 percent of upper primary
schools have less than three subject teachers, while 90 percent of Secondary
Schools have less than four subject teachers per school.
retention rate at secondary level, the document shows, is merely 56 percent.
focus either on teacher’s rationalisation to meet requirements of the subject
teachers or to recruit fresh subject teachers on priority,” the document reads.
indicators are no wonder since at least 520 schools (both secondary and higher
secondary) in J&K function without heads or principals.
“There are 418
Head Master/Principals’ vacant posts in Government Secondary schools and 102 in
Government Higher secondary schools respectively which may be filled on
priority,” the document.
This is besides
the 3,952 vacant teacher posts in secondary schools across J&K.
When it comes to
providing ICT tools for the students, J&K fares poorly here as well.
shows that as many as 455 schools in J&K have not implemented [email protected], a
scheme that was adopted by the government of India in 1993.
component of [email protected] is providing computer-aided education to secondary and
higher secondary Government and Government aided schools, a must considering
how education deliverance is technologically driven in this era.
the vital component of academics, too has hit a brick wall in J&K.
As per the
document, there are 53 academic vacant posts lying in State (now UT) level
Institute of Education (SIES) and 107 posts in the District Institute of
there are 2061 untrained teachers in Government Secondary schools, who do not
meet the requisite professional qualifications.
J&K seems to be getting and spending plenty.
Alone under the
Samagra Shiksha scheme, J&K received Rs 1151.70 crore in 2018-19.
For 2018-19, the
government of India, as per the document, committed to providing Rs 1794.84
crore (Rs 1402.96 crore for elementary, Rs 359.25 cr for secondary and senior
secondary, and Rs 31.92 cr for Teacher Education).