The condition of government schools which are still an important part of the education delivery system in Jammu and Kashmir is going from bad to worse. A large number of these schools are run by single teachers, and in rented accommodation which are in a very bad shape. Building have been rented for past several years but the government has failed to create educational infrastructure despite the expansion in Jammu city, and also increase in population across the state. The poor infrastructure, and delivery of education is prevalent across the state. Schools are functioning in single rooms, in halls of temples, and inaccessible areas which have no civic amenities, playgrounds, and proper seating facilities for the children.
The government must take into account the rural schools functioning without water, power, toilets, labs, and other facilities. The children in the rural areas are from weaker sections of society, and they in fact should be given these facilities on priority. These students can’t go to private schools, and as such must get the basic facilities through the offices of government. What is the point of running a vast education network funded by tax payers money when the results are not coming or are suspect. The education minister has done well to take note of the problems faced by students of government schools particularly which have rented accommodation or which do not have the required infrastructure. The government plans to merge the rented schools with those which have the capacity, and infrastructure to accommodate more students. The merger of schools should take place across the state, and not in the urban areas alone. The government needs to take into account the needs of children and cater to their demands, and if this does not happen then it would be better to rope in the private sector to run these schools as well.
It has been revealed that more than 30 per cent primary schools in Doda are run by single teachers, and more than 50 per cent schools are running in rented accommodation, while 7 per cent have no potable water.
It is good that the State Education Minister has taken serious note of this huge discrepancy, and plans to merge the schools which have the needed infrastructure. All the students who go to government schools should get same facilities, and delivery of education should also be improved.