Elementary schools the most deprived
Srinagar: Amid officials prioritising “basic minimum facilities” at Srinagar schools, close to 60 percent educational institutions in Srinagar do not have their own buildings, according to official data. The percentage is even higher in the case of schools that are without a playfield for students.
The lack of infrastructure at schools in Srinagar is more prevalent at the elementary level. As per the official data with the School Education Department, accessed by Kashmir Reader, as many as 308 of a total of 519 schools in Srinagar – constituting 59.34 percent of the schools – do not have their own building.
A meagre 29 of the 204 primary schools in Srinagar – just 14 percent – have a building of their own.
The data says that only 98 of the 210 middle schools in Srinagar have buildings of their own.
Although all the 32 higher secondary schools in Srinagar education zones have their own buildings, 21 of the 73 high schools in the district are still awaiting their own buildings.
On the physical infrastructure front, as many as 326 of the 519 schools in Srinagar – accounting for over 62 percent – still do not have a playfield, official data says.
Notably, the lack of playfields in Srinagar schools is more acute at the primary and middle schools.
As per the data, 177 of the 204 primary schools and 121 of the 210 middle schools in Srinagar do not have playfields for students.
While 27 of the 73 high schools are still without a playfield, the facility was absent at only one of the 32 higher secondary schools in the capital.
J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik in October last year emphasised on having “adequate sports facilities including better playfields in the schools”.
Official data has also revealed that 48 primary, 66 middle, and 12 high schools in Srinagar do not have a boundary wall.
All the 32 higher secondary schools, however, have boundary walls constructed.
On the positive side, drinking water and toilet facilities are provided at every school, according to the official data.