Langate school escapes attention of education department
Srinagar: Situated just half a kilometer away from Baramulla-Kupwara highway, the Upper Primary School (UPS) in Rasripora Langate area of Kupwara district seems to have escaped the attention of the authorities in the school education department.
The infrastructural standards and availability of other basic facilities depicts a grim picture of the school education department and exposes the hallow promises of the government made from time to time to improve the education sector in the state.
The school has three buildings but only one is in use as the rest of the two buildings are unsafe for the students.
The old building has developed cracks following which the teachers have left the building unused, an official said.
Interestingly, a new building was sanctioned for the school in 2014 but the construction work has not been completed despite the passage of around four years.
“The construction of the building was executed under the centrally sponsored scheme Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and the project cost of the building was around Rs 19 lacs,” a teacher posted in the school said.
“Four years have passed but the school building is yet to be handed over to the school authorities,” he said, adding that the contractor left the construction work on the building midway.
Pertinently, the school has no road connectivity since its establishment in the area. The teachers and students trespass an orchard to reach the school. Or at times use paddy fields to attend their duties.
“This school has no facets to be called as an educational institution,” a teacher said. He said the students don’t have any availability of playfield which hampers them to take part in sports activities.
In most of the rural areas, the government has failed to provide basic infrastructure in schools where the students are crammed in congested, shabby and unsafe ‘four walls’ due to the non availability of the proper accommodations.
Interestingly, from the past many years the school education department developed a few government Higher Secondary schools as model schools situated at prime locations of the city.
However, on the other hand, attending classes in a “sophisticated” way inside classrooms remains a distant dream for the students in rural areas.
The education in rural Kashmir is in a dismal state despite having enormous response from the populace in terms of enrollment of the students in the government schools.
UPS Rasripora is not the lone educational institution which has remained victim of official neglect but there are hundreds of such schools in Kupwara where students are deprived of basic facilities particularly four walls of a classroom.
Director School Education Kashmir (DSEK) G N Itoo said the department has signed an MOU with MHRD wherein latter has agreed to support in infrastructural up-gradation in schools and improving academic standards as well.
“Schools which lack infrastructure and are poorly performing in academics will be a priority for us,” he said.