Education Minister orders merger of 4 schools in Bandipora
SUMBAL, NOVEMBER 4: Minister of Education, Naeem Akhtar, Thursdaysaid the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has formed the coalition with BJP to establish a transparent system of governance in J&K which lives up to the peoples’ expectations.
“Our (PDP-BJP) alliance is based on a common agenda of evolving transparency in the system of governance. We will make the system accountable so that it delivers even on auto-pilot mode. The alliance is for the good of J&K and its benefits will be reaped by future generations,” Mr Akhtar said.
The Education Minister was interacting with a group of prominent citizens and PDP workers in Sumbal, Sonawari, where he inaugurated an augmented grid station, one of the long pending demands of the residents.
Mr Akhtar said the State had lost the capacity to spend the funds because of the corrupt practices of the previous regimes. Under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, the Minister said, J&K had received about Rs 9000 crores in the last six years of which only about Rs 3100 crores were spent.
“About 800 school buildings in J&K are incomplete. 120 Model Schools were sanctioned for J&K, 68 hostels were meant to be built for girls and Smart Classrooms were approved for 220 schools across the state, but all these funds were wasted,” he said.
Mr Akhtar said the Education Department has effected groundbreaking changes in the system, which have enhanced its spending capacity, “We are devising strategies so that the students enrolled in our schools can compete with the best across the country,” he said.
The Minister later visited Government Degree College Sumbal and appreciated the staff for their efforts in providing quality education to the students. “No one spoke about the state of Education in J&K before our government came. Debates and criticism is a sign of healthy democracy,” he said.
The Minister said good education, skills and intelligence is a student’s passport to job market. He also announced to set up a computer and language lab at the school and assured the management that the infrastructural problems will be taken care of. Mr Akhtar also ordered the merger of Middle School Sumbal with the Higher Secondary.
The Minister was accompanied by Director, School Education, Shah Faesal, DDC Bandipora, SP Bandipora, CEO Bandipora and other officers of civil and police administration.