JK Schools Lack Basic Amenities: Survey

38% Without Drinking Water; 26% Without Toilet

Srinagar:  Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) Jammu and Kashmir (Rural) 2012 revealed that educational institutions in J&K are facing dearth of basic facilities.

“About 38 percent schools in the State still lack drinking water facilities while 26 percent educational institutions are without toilets, the report reads.“Half of the schools(visited by the survey teams) don’t have separate facilities (toilets) for girls.” the report said. 

Stating that learning levels in arithmetic have shown substantial decrease and is cause of concern, the report states: “80 percent children or four out of every five children studying in class five could not solve a three-digit by one-digit division sum in 2012.”

 The report released by Director School Education Kashmir Muhammad Shafi Rather reveals that two percent children in age group of 6-14 are still out of school in the State. “Overall enrolment in the 6-14 age group is high. Over 98 percent children in this age group are in schools,” the report reveals. 

According to report, the enrolment in private schools of Jammu and Kashmir is showing increase. “Over 40 percent children in 6-14 age group were in private schools in 2012. The percentage was less than a third in 2009.”

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