Education department to compete with private schools, plans 2 model schools in Srinagar

Srinagar: Government is contemplating entering into competition with private schools by setting up two model schools in Srinagar.
Director school education Kashmir Showkat Beigh said the SP Higher Secondary School and MP Higher Secondary School have been identified as the two schools which will be groomed as model schools.
“The model schools will compete with private schools. Such schools will have every facility such as highly qualified teaching staff, updated library, computers labs, sports infrastructure,” Beigh told Kashmir Reader.
He said the quality education at these schools should inspire parents to admit their children there.
The department also plans starting evening classes for students who are doing day jobs.
On Saturday, education minister Naeem Akhtar blamed the private schools for fleecing parents by charging unfair fees and donation. His remarks drew ire from private school body, which said it will provide quality education to every student with only half the government’s education budget.
As per the department, Kashmir has 11,633 government educational institutions including 2876 EGS Centers, 5547 Primary Schools, 2379 Middle Schools, 525 High Schools and 248 Higher Secondary Schools.
There are 2269 Private Schools, including 1175 Primary, 810 Middle, 247 High Schools and 37 Higher Secondary Schools.
According to Beigh, the department has formulated a proposal to start activities such as interactions and guest lecturers in government schools.
“Doctors, engineers, writers and those who have achieved big will share their experiences with students. It will encourage students. Also, our teachers will hold meetings with parents in a locality where our schools are functional and convince parents to enroll their wards,” Beigh said.
“Some of our teachers are PhD degree holders and we have asked them to improve teaching in schools. Quality education can attract students to government schools,” he added.