Mocking at rationalisation claims, Budgam school has seven students, 4 teachers

Sana Fazili
SRINAGAR: Mocking at the government claims of ensuring rationalization in the government schools, one of the central Kashmir’s primary school has been accorded the status of the middle school with the SSA guidelines and norms being undermined by the school education department.
According to Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) norms, which have been used to justify the upgradation of the school, minimum 50 students are required for the up gradation a school from primary to middle level.
Government Primary School, Shippora Budgam has been upgraded to middle school in the year 2011 and at that time it had merely 21 students enrolled
At present, when the government is beating the trumpet of ensuring rationalization and a proper teacher, student ratio, this middle school has seven students and for them four teachers has been posted.
Since the year 2009, the roll of the school has never gone beyond 25 and ironically the first three years of this school in Shippora, which falls under the Narbal zone, witnessed the enrolment of not even a single student in class 8th. It was only in 2013 that three boys were registered on rolls there.
The student roll in the school despite its up gradation is witnessing a downward trend as the number of students enrolled in the year 2011 was 21 which got reduced to meager 17 in 2014.
Interestingly, to accommodate the few students, the school has three buildings.