Rural Schools struggles for basic facilities

Citizen Journalist Report by Chaman Lal

With authorities only interested in the up gradation of urban school as model school which are already in good health, the schools located in the rural areas of Jammu city are suffering for staff and even the basic infrastructure.

The Government High School at Thanala in Bhaderwah has more than 300 students but it just has three rooms. Moreover, it is at the distance of 22 kilometer away from Bhaderwah City and it is the only school in the area where more than 800 households are living.

However, when talked to the school administration, I came to know that the school was upgraded into High School very recently and two building blocks (a single story and a double story) was also sanctioned. The Public Works Department stopped the construction half way because of shortage of funds.

At present the school is running with one building block having five rooms including three for classrooms, one for staff and one for store. The available classrooms here are not established as per the norms of Jammu and Kashmir State Board of School Education.

Also, due to non availability of sufficient teachers in the school, the studies of students were affected due to which the results are always poor. Moreover, students of rural schools are bereft of facilities like sports, Laboratory, Library facilities. They are the ones who need extra attention but have been totally ignored.

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