Srinagar, Jan 12: The J&K government on Friday officially took over the historic National School at Karan Nagar, which was occupied by four government schools for the last 3 years.
School Education Department said in its order that there would be “continuation of utilisation of the services” of the 11 staff members of the school for now.
Calling the decision a “significant development” and a “win-win situation” for the government, a top official from the department told The Kashmir Monitor that the four government schools running in the building since 2014 floods would continue to occupy it.
The four government schools that were shifted to building in 2014 include Middle School Chota Bazar, High School Zandar Mohalla, Middle School Tenki Pora, and Middle School Chenkral Mohalla.
“We will try to have an additional accommodation (for the four schools), but it is not possible only in the upcoming academic session,” the official said.
Over the need for the government to take over the school, the official cited the difficulty of acquiring land for constructing schools especially in Srinagar.
“As far as Srinagar is concerned, we have an issue of land acquisition here. Now, if a dispensation like this is available to us, the sanity demands that we should venture into that,” remarked the official underlining the shortage of school buildings in the city.
“In Srinagar, we are mostly operating the schools in rented accommodations, which are not desirable. If opportunities like these come our way, we will avail of them,” he said.
Over the fate of the staff members at the National School, the official said that they would be involved for the time being.
“Till a new dispensation is made available under SSA and RMSA, the current staff will be paid remuneration.”
Even as the government has officially taken over the institution, the official hoped that school is likely to retain its original name.
“It is National School and it would remain so,” he said adding “The Information Technology initiatives that we have taken in other government schools, would be replicated at the National School as well.”
Claiming that there was a “vast scope” to upgrade, the official said, “If it fills the feasibility norms, we have no issues in upgrading it.”
Whether the government would take up the teaching at the National School from the immediate academic session, he said, “That would be decided by the Director School Education.”
Director School Education Kashmir, G N Itoo, was not available for comments.