In Srinagar, pvt schools outnumber govt counterparts, enroll thrice as many students

In Srinagar, pvt schools outnumber govt counterparts, enroll thrice as many students

Srinagar: Post the clubbing of schools by the School Education Department (SED), private schools in Srinagar have outnumbered their government counterparts with student enrolment more than thrice of that in government schools.
Official figures with the SED, accessed by Kashmir Reader, reveal that at 519 government schools in Srinagar — a number that has shrunk to 401 post the clubbing of schools, though — a total of 39,598 students including 18,849 boys and 20,749 girls were enrolled in the academic session 2017-18.
In the same academic session, 1,35,710 students — 70,308 boys and 65,402 girls — were enrolled at 456 private schools and two Government of India-run schools in the summer capital.
While there were 10,188 students enrolled at 204 government primary schools, which have now been clubbed into 107 schools, at just 58 private primary schools in Srinagar as many as 53,752 students were enrolled in the last academic session as per the data.
Likewise, against a meagre enrolment of 5,708 students at 208 government middle schools in the summer capital — now clubbed into 189 schools — 29,260 students were enrolled at 180 private-run middle schools.
At the secondary level, 16,972 students were enrolled in private schools as against 5,617 at government schools, with data revealing that 73 high schools have now been clubbed into 71 against as many as 184 such schools in the private sector.
Government higher secondary schools in Srinagar seem to be the only positive for the SED as far as student enrolment is concerned. the data shows enrolment at government institutions thrice of that in private higher secondary schools.
While only 5,756 students, as per official figures, were enrolled at 34 private and two Government of India-run higher secondary schools in Srinagar last academic session, 15,109 students were enrolled in the same session at 32 government higher secondary schools in the district.
Commenting on the matter, Director School Education Kashmir Dr Mohammad Younis Malik said that they were trying to ensure facilities including ICT labs and smart classes in government schools “at par with private schools”.
“There is adequate fund flow in the department. We are trying to fill the gaps,” he said.