SRINAGAR More than 125 government schools in the city here remain unfenced which has raised questions over the claims by the government that the development of school infrastructure was its priority. The failure of the authorities to develop the basic infrastructure in the schools was also on account of the fact that there are thousands of other schools which lack electricity as well as the proper drinking water facilities. The absence of proper fencing as well as boundary walls was also raising the concerns over the safety of the students in the schools. As per official records there are at least 58 per cent of the schools in Srinagar which have been kept devoid of electricity.
Earlier the students were forced to appear for board exams under candlelight due to lack of lighting arrangements that came as a major embarrassment for the school education department. The netizens had come down heavily on the authorities for leaving the schools without electricity and the pictures of students writing exams under the candle light had also gone viral on social media. Many city residents said that the government schools lack facilities as the children of poor people study there which was the reason that the authorities had left the institutions ignored. A city resident said that the government was not paying any attention towards the problems at the schools.
Officials said that the lack of facilities was even forcing the children to drop out from the schools. Director School Education, Kashmir, G N Itoo, said that the condition of the schools will improve as the authorities have
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