17506 schools provided toilet facility
Jammu: Without divulging the number of schools lacking toilets in the state, the government on Tuesday informed the House that 17506 schools have been provided the toilet facilities during the last two years.
Replying to a question in the Legislative Assembly, Education minister Naeem Akhtar also informed that 4850 schools lack a building.
In a written reply to BJP legislator that how many schools were without the facility of toilets, the minster did not provide the exact detail but said that attempts were being made to ensure that no schools were left without toilets.
He said that from last two years 17506 schools have been provided with the facility of toilets, 15051 under SSA scheme and 2555 under RMSA. Over the number of schools having not any school building, he informed that 4850 schools are without school building.
He also said that there are 159 mobile schools functioning for the children of nomads in the state, 86 functioning in Jammu region and 73 in Kashmir. In a another question pertaining the number of education institutions working in the hired accommodation, the minister replied that there are 4850 schools working in hired accommodation 3321 under SSA and 1529 DSEK/J.
As per the data provided by government, Srinagar district topped the list with 629 schools being operated in hired buildings followed by Budgam with 603 numbers of such schools. In Anantnag the number is 372, 84 in Ganderbal, 129 in Kulgam, 241 in Pulwama, 21 in Shopian, 552 in Baramulla, 483 in Bandipora, 397 in Kupwara, 21 in Udhampur, 114 n Kathua, 285 in Rajouri, 239 in Kishtwar, 104 in Reasi, 163 in Ramban, 92 in Jammu, 117 in Poonch, 18 in samba, 135 in Doda, 57 in Kargil and 4 in Leh.
On the steps taken by government to check the loot in the name of various types of fees charged by private schools and colleges, the minister stated that various writ petitions were filed in the year 2016 by 322 private educational institutions to challenge the jurisdiction of the FCC to regulate the fee structure of the private educational institutions and they obtained stay orders in their respective petitions from High court. The petitions were clubbed and came to be dismissed by the high court on 18 December 2016 with the direction to approach the fee fixation committee and cases of these institutions which had preferred the writ petitions are now under consideration.
The minister said that government has already notified the fee structure for various undergraduate and postgraduate courses.