MHRD concerned over poor implementation of centrally sponsored schemes

But Compliments J&K Education Dept For Initiatives Like e-Learning, Knowledge Network

SYED RIZWAN GEELANI
Srinagar, Publish Date: Sep 14 2017 12:30AM | Updated Date: Sep 14 2017 12:30AM
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The Central government has shown its displeasure over the quality of education in government schools and the poor performance of the school education department regarding the centrally sponsored schemes such as Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA).

After conveying its concern to chief secretary BB Vyas in a letter, Union ministry of human resources development will be sending its secretary education and literacy Anil Swarup on a visit to J&K on September 20.

Swarup will also be visiting Leh on September 25.

"I feel it is important to actually see how these schemes are being implemented on the ground and to understand from the state the challenges which they may be facing," Swarup has said in the letter.

"I have been informed that in terms of quality of learning J&K state is not performing very well. As per NAS, in class III only 57 percent students achieved more than 50 percent marks in language and 68 percent children in maths," reads the letter.

The state has been told that performance of class 10 students was lower than the national average.

Also, regarding the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidhyalaya (KGBV) scheme, secretary MHRD has expressed displeasure over slow pace of work on the construction of girls’ hostels.

"Construction of 30 KGBV hostels is yet to begin and construction of 53 girls buildings is under process. All 68 girls hostel buildings under RMSA are yet to be constructed," reads the letter.

As per the contents of the letter, the compliance of audit observations from J&K is pending from 2009-10 to 2015-16.

"Necessary replies to these need to be sent immediately," the letter reads.

Also, the J&K state has also failed to complete the construction of 139 primary schools, 92 upper primary schools and 319 secondary schools.

The schools were sanctioned to strengthen the existing schools under RMSA.

"As many as 533 schools have been approved from 2009 onwards, however, out of these, construction work on 274 schools is still pending. The state government needs to review all the civil works pending under different flagship programmes and take urgent action in this regard," the letter reads.

Swarup has also raised concern over the disproportionate pupil teacher ratio in schools saying that teachers were not willing to teach in schools situated in rural areas.

"Instead these teachers are concentrated in urban areas," the letter reads.

The secretary MHRD has, however, appreciated the J&K government for introducing Jammu Kashmir Knowledge Network (JKKN) by virtue of which the students get access to online lectures of renowned faculties in India and foreign countries.

The JKKN was started by the education department of J&K with an aim to expose government school children to the wider world of education.

"I appreciate the best practices being followed by the state education department such as seasonal centres, e-learning training and JKKN," the letter reads.