Education department in slumber as students struggle in dark classrooms

Survey reveals dark side of Education department

The very slogan of School Education department—‘from darkness to light’ seems to be getting reversed in Kashmir.

After the incident of torching of schools in Kashmir, the survey was conducted to check the availability of electricity facility in government schools in all districts which was initiated by school education department.

The survey has ultimately revealed that in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, out of 1423 schools, only 87 are electrified, in Baramulla district, out of 1458 government schools, only 681 have been electrified so far.

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As per the circular issued by the Directorate of School Education Kashmir, all the CEOs have been asked to submit the list of schools without electricity facility in their respective districts.

School buildings have not been constructed at right places which have deprived them of basic facilities like drinking water and electricity . Some of the schools in rural areas don’t have proper road connectivity as well.

Meanwhile the departmental survey has revealed that 208 out of 571 schools are electrified in the central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district while as 363 are without the facility. Also, 318 out of 518 schools are un-electrified in Srinagar district, survey states.

The survey conducted in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district has revealed only 80 out of 809 government schools are electrified in the district while as rest of the institutions are deprived of the basic facilities.

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80 percent of the schools in the JK are without electricity connections. Only 21.3 percent of the schools in Jammu and Kashmir have electricity facility. In the list of 10 states with poor electricity supply in schools and ironically JK ranks at number fourth in the list.

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