Jammu: The government said that around 121 government Primary and Upper Primary Schools (UPS) were without fencing in north Kashmir’s Langate constituency.
In a written reply in the assembly, Minister for education Syed Muhammad Altaf Bukhari said that besides, 18 government primary and upper primary schools were functioning from rented accommodation in two zones-Langate and Mawar zone respectively.
The schools continue to function in rented accommodation despite merger of around 2400 schools from past three years under rationalization process.
As per the written reply, most of the government primary and upper primary schools in Langate constituency have failed to increase the enrollment of students above 20 or 30.
Replying to a query raised by independent legislator Er Abdul Rasheed the Minister said that work on 17 school buildings damaged during past years was not taken up till date.
The buildings of various schools were damaged due to landslides and other issues of faulty constructions. The school buildings continue to remain unattended by the government and has left government school children without proper accommodation, the reply said.
The officials in education department said the reason for less enrollment in government schools was that students prefer private schools over government schools lacking every basic facility.
The official said parents admit their kids in private schools located at distant places.
“Our area has dearth of private schools and students travel to Sopore and Baramulla area to continue their studies in private schools,” the official said.
As per the written reply, most of the upper primary schools in Langate zones have zero enrollments in class 7th and 8th.
“The school don’t get any response from students from upper primary to middle classes. Despite merger and other benefits like MDM, students don’t get attracted to government schools, the reply said.