Srinagar: Seventy two more schools that reopened after the September floods in Kashmir Valley have been found hygienically unsafe for students by the state’s Health Department.
With this, the number of unhygienic schools, spread across the Valley and mostly run by government, has gone up to nearly 350.
According to a latest status report filed in the High Court by the Director Health Services Kashmir (DHSK), 17 schools in Srinagar have been found hygienically unsafe for the students. With this, a total of 67 schools have been declared unfit vis-à-vis cleanness by the Health Department in this summer capital of the state.
“As per the report by BMO Chadoora, out of five schools visited in the block, two have been found in unhygienic condition,” said DHSK, Dr Saleem-ur-Rehman, in the status report before the High Court.
He said that all 36 schools in two other blocks of the central Budgam district—Soibugh (12) and Magam (24)—were found to be hygienically fit for the students.
In block Bijbehara of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, he said, out of 73 schools visited, the hygienic condition of 33 schools was found poor.
Similar is the case of 20 out of 37 schools visited in neighbouring Achabal block, even as all 41 schools in Mattan have been found in good hygienic condition, Dr Saleem said. However, he said, some schools have developed cracks in Mattan block.
In Baramulla district of north Kashmir, Dr Saleem said that as per concerned CMO’s report, 1932 educational institutes have been inspected, and all of them have been found hygienically safe.
As per the earlier report, filed on the basis of information furnished by the DHSK, the southern Kulgam district, with 91 schools, had highest number of unhygienic educational institutions in the state.
Another southern district, Pulwama, has 52 schools which are not fit for students to study based on hygiene, and among them, 44 fall in Pampore and eight in Tral blocks, respectively.
In two Anantnag and Shopian districts, the Health Department had found 33 and 12 schools respectively, unhygienic.
In Budgam district, 17 schools—15 in Chattergam and two in Chadoora block—were declared unfit along with 20 schools in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district.