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Udhampur: 2 classrooms for 128 students
Education system on ventilator!
10/16/2017 9:25:58 PM
Arun Jasrotia
Early Times Report

Udhampur, Oct 16: It seems that education system in Jammu and Kashmir is on "ventilator" as most government schools are without infrastructure.
Its need to be mentioned here that Constitution (Eighty-sixth Amendment) Act, 2002 inserted Article 21-A in the Constitution of India clearly mentions that state government has to ensure that it provides free and compulsory education to all children in the age group of six to fourteen years. It is a Fundamental Right of the children.
The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009, which represents the consequential legislation envisaged under Article 21-A, means that every child has a right to full time elementary education of satisfactory and equitable quality in a formal school which satisfies certain essential norms and standards. Article 21-A and the RTE Act came into effect on April 1, 2010 but State government run educational institutions are lagging far behind in providing quality education.
Presently Government Primary school Gangera in Udhampur situated around three Km radius of Udhampur city mocks at the tall claims of the government about Education sector being its priority. Nearly 128 students of eight classes are cuddled in two small rooms in this primary school.
School students are treated like cattle. Interestingly the school is located in the area of a local MLA, who was the former Minister in the state government.
Locals allege that Education Department, as well as state government are doing new experiments to increase quality every year, but nothing happens on the ground. "There is a difference between utterance and doing"(Kathi aur Karni main fark," they added.
They said the Education Department merged two schools i.e, Primary school Ganera and Middle school housing colony. "This has added to the woes of the students as there is no infrastructure at place to accommodate the students," locals added.
A teacher said that that due to the lack of infrastructure some classes are taken under open sky as they have no other option. "Both the class rooms are very small and all students cannot sit comfortably," the teacher added,
A student Sonam said, "Prime Minister's slogan of Beti bacho Beti padho is just a slogan. The ground situation is grim. The government is least interested in providing quality education to the girls."
Chief Education Officer Udhampur J.R Bardwaj did not pick the phone despite repeated attempts.
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