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Over 77% schools lack toilets, 64 % drinking water facility
Data paints bleak picture of J&K education scenario
ASEM MOHIUDDIN
SRINAGAR, Aug 25: Even though the government of India is pumping hundreds of crores of rupees to Jammu and Kashmir to upgrade the educational infrastructure, owing to callous attitude and inefficiency of state officials, as many as 77 and 64 per cent schools in state are lacking toilet and pure drinking water facilities respectively.

The official data available with Kashmir Times paints a grim picture of state government efforts in enhancing the infrastructural scenario of government schools. The data reveals that despite the strict instructions by GoI to provide drinking water, toilet (urinal and lavatory), facilities to students within the school premises, only 9107 and 3088 schools have drinking water and toilet (urinal and lavatory) facility respectively.

“Around 9107 schools have lack of availability of drinking water facilities within the school premises. It reflects that nearly 64.20 per cent schools are still not having provision for drinking water facilities.

“The urinal and lavatory facilities in primary schools are available in 3088 out of 13808 schools, which means nearly 22.36 and 77.63 per cent primary schools do not have provision for the urinal and lavatory facilities in the State,” the data reveals.

It further discloses that as many as 22 per cent primary schools are either running in non-pucca school buildings, tents or are functioning in open space, therefore putting the lives of thousands of students in danger.

According to the data, 13808 primary schools are functioning in state of which 2976 schools have either kacha buildings or have no building at all. It adds that 23 per cent (3153) schools are also functioning in partly pacca buildings.

The data reads that the state has only 65 per cent pucca school buildings where the classes of the students could he held safely. “Out of 25434 schools in the state, only 64.17 per cent schools are housed in pucca buildings.”

While the data claims the shortage of over 512 primary school buildings in some districts, however, the officials put the figure in thousands.

“Districts reported the shortage of 512 buildings for primary schools, however, the figure would actually stand in thousands when included all the rural areas of the state,” the data reveals.

However, the officials believe that the situation at upper primary level is better when compared to primary schools as 71 per cent schools are housed in pucca buildings. As many as 17 per cent secondary schools are also functioning in non pucca buildings while the maximum number of higher secondary schools without buildings are reported from Srinagar, Jammu and other major towns of the state.

Analysing further, it discloses that only 9004 schools have playground facility for the students which consists 35.42 per cent of total number of schools in the State.

However, for primary and upper primary schools the playground facility within the school premises is only available to 21 and 45 per cent schools respectively.


News Updated at : Saturday, August 25, 2012
 
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