SED performs poorly in execution of civil works, students suffer
By: Muhammad Adnan
Srinagar: The School Education Department (SED) has completed construction of only 50 percent school buildings sanctioned over the years.
The move has exposed the poor implementation of the Centrally Sponsored Scheme- Samagra in J&K which has left the school going children at the receiving end.
The move has led to infrastructural gaps in the schools and deprived the students of basic facilities in their schools.
As per the official figures, the expenditure under civil works during 2021-22 has remained below 50 percent as out of 78388 works, the SED is yet to take up work on 14348 projects at elementary level schools.
These include Upper Primary School (UPS) buildings in which out of 1181 works the department is yet to take up 120 buildings.
The official figures reveal that the GoI has also approved around 25015 additional classrooms to overcome the accommodation crunch in schools but the department is yet to start work on 3156 rooms.
The figures reflecting the poor infrastructure in schools have come to fore at a time when the government is mulling to continue the classwork in schools across Valley till December ending, amid the infrastructural gaps in schools.
The official figures reveal that out of 614 buildings only 383 have been completed while work on 48 projects is yet to be started by the department.
Notably, the MoE had approved 12 new schools out of which only three have been completed while work on other three buildings is under progress and the other left out six schools are yet to be taken up for upgradation.
These infrastructural gaps in schools have cropped up despite the government has declaring the year 2022 as the year of academic transformation. But on the ground, the students are deprived of the basic facility of a classroom.
A single visit to majority of the schools particularly primary and middle schools depicts the grim picture of the infrastructural standards in the government-run schools
In most of the schools, the students of more than two classes are crammed in a single room, which is in pathetic conditions.
During rains, the teachers in such schools send the students back to their homes due to accommodation crunch in schools, many parents complain.
Amid the infrastructural gaps in schools, the SED has taken up a massive project to overcome the accommodation crunch in schools.
“We have started identifying such schools which have accommodation problems. All these schools will get proper accommodation in a phased manner,” a top official said.