Survey paints grim picture of school infrastructure in JK


Srinagar, Feb 15:  A major percentile of schools in Jammu and Kashmir is without basic amenities, even as the state government claims to have brought advancements in the education sector.

Take electricity, for instance. A joint study by ASSOCHAM and SREI Infrastructure Finance Limited, titled ‘PPI investment in Indian infrastructure’, reveals that nearly 80 per cent of the government-run schools in the state have no access to electricity and computers.

As per the survey, only 21.3 per cent of the schools have electricity; 15.8 per cent lack computer sets.

Similarly, nearly 70 per cent (11,562) of the schools in the state have no fences.

“Eight states including JK have poorer performance when it comes to the facility of boundary walls or fencing,” the report, released later last year, read.

The survey stated that more than 30 per cent of the government-run institutions do not have segregated toilets for girls.

“Seven states in India have poor performance when it comes to the facility of separate toilets for girl students. In JK, nearly 65.4 per cent of the schools have separate toilets for female students. Overall, as many as 232 schools lack the facility of lavatory,” the survey revealed.

The government has also failed in constructing all-weather roads for the schools in remote areas.

Nearly 20 per cent of the schools, especially in remote areas, are yet to have all-weather roads, the survey stated.

“Nine states have failed to cover the all-weather route criteria. In JK, 81.2 per cent of the schools have the facility of all-weather route,” it said.

The state government said in the Legislative Assembly recently that nearly 4,850 government schools operated from rented accommodation.

“About 4,850 schools, including 3,321 SSA and 1,529 RMSA schools, are without buildings in the state and are functioning from rented accommodations,” the Minister for Education, Naeem Akhter, had said in a reply.

The government also revealed that nearly 2,817 schools don’t have access to drinking water, while 470 have no laboratories.