In a bid to reform school education system across Jammu and Kashmir, the state government has decided to close down 3,000 surplus government schools and use services of teachers from these schools where they are needed.
Over the years these schools have been opened for political considerations to keep the vote bank happy. According to sources, the education ministry will be 'closing down' nearly 3,000 surplus government schools across the state, where the student teacher ratio is almost equal.
In some places the teachers are more than students. Earlier, the education ministry had never clamped down on schools. In Jammu alone, there were 26 government schools having zero students, while Kathua district had six and Samba district had seven, respectively. The situation in Srinagar also witnessed a similar tale.
While 19 such government schools having zero student were functioning there, Budgam had 12, Pulwama 24, Kargil 15 and Kupwara 18, respectively. These schools were sanctioned by the successive governments to generate employment in their constituencies without taking consideration that these schools needs students as well. "All these schools have been closed down and teachers of these schools have posted at places where there are students," officials said.
J&K has a total of 24,265 schools with total enrolment of 16.88 lakh students. There are 1.43 lakh sanctioned schools and the annual budget allocated to them is more than Rs 6,000 crore. But the performance of the governmentrun schools is just 50 per cent which is 25 per cent less than the private schools. With this move, the government is trying to focus on making government schools a model which will motivate people of J&K to prefer them over their private counterparts.
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