Srinagar: The school education department has merged around 2406 schools under the rationalization process in valley over the past two years.
These include schools 1834 schools operating from rented accommodations.
The merger of over 2400 schools has given a huge surplus staff of 3553 teachers in the co-located schools as well.
This was stated in a written reply by the education minister Naeem Akhtar in the ongoing session of Legislative Assembly.
The government started the clubbing of schools following reports of disproportionate student teacher ratio in the government schools across state.
As per the figures presented by the education minister, north Kashmirs Baramulla district has been found having more disproportionate pupil teacher ratio forcing the department to merge 460 schools including 176 institutions operation from the government owned buildings, releasing 558 surplus staff from the schools.
The department has also merged 291 schools including 179 schools functioning from rented accommodations in frontier district Kupwara and 185 schools including 165 running in rented accommodations have been clubbed with the adjacent schools in Bandipora district.
Around 524 and 263 surplus teachers have been found in these two districts.
Similarly, 379 government schools including 248 rented schools have been merged in the south Kashmirs Anantnag district while as 269 schools have been clubbed in Kulgam district, releasing 544 and 372 teachers from the schools.
As per the figures, 210 schools including 115 rented schools have been co-located by the department in Pulwama district and 196 government schools including 130 schools operating from rented accommodations are clubbed in Shopian district. As many as 320 and 358 surplus staff has been released from the schools of two districts.
In Central Kashmir, Budgam district has been found having more disproportionate pupil teacher ratio wherein the authorities have merged 219 including 139 schools operating in rented accommodations were clubbed with adjacently located schools in the district while as 119 including 104 schools in rented accommodations were merged with other schools over the past two years.
Also, 91 schools including 73 rented schools have been merged by the department in Ganderbal district.
The minister however said that no school was closed by the department however the schools have been clubbed or co-locatod to improve quality of education by providing adequate number of teachers and infrastructure.
The rationalization process is being carried out by adopting uniform criteria with the objective to utilize the teaching resources in the best possible manner as also to provide better school infrastructure, the minister in a written reply said, adding that the process was carried out in consultation with the community or Village Education Committees (VECs).
No specific role is envisaged of the elected public representatives.
The minister however admitted that most of the schools clubbed were housed in rented buildings.
The government owned buildings spared in the process are proposed to be used for other activities of school education department including Adult literacy centre and libraries, reads the written reply.
The minister said the surplus teachers were provided to High Schools and Middle Schools on need basis as per the enrolment of the school.
Rationalization process has been taken up to fulfill the quality education parameters that can be achieved to the desired level for the upcoming generations to build up all round development and to maintain the pupil teacher ratio in the schools, reads the reply. (CNS)
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