Education Ministry tells J&K UT to take measures for improving overall performance

VIKAS SHARMA
JAMMU: Stating that the Union Territory (UT) of Jammu and Kashmir has secured a score of 763 in Performance Grading Index (PGI) and placed in Grade II, the Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Education has asked the UT Administration to examine its score in each domain and take measures to improve its overall PGI.
The directions were issued in the recently held meeting of the Project Approval Board (PAB) through Video Conference to consider the Annual Work Plan & Budget (AWP&B) 2022-23 of Samagra Shiksha for J&K UT.
The UT was told to lay more focus on improvement of net enrolment at Secondary Level besides analysing learning outcomes and providing interventions to improve learning outcomes of the students. The ministry stated that J&K UT should ensure more access to learning opportunities and to improve learning and skills at all levels and protection for children in emergencies.
However, the central ministry also takes note of uniform distribution. “UT needs to focus on providing uniforms to the students in time within three months of the start of the academic year. Moreover, UT also needs to expedite distribution and provide free textbooks to students within a month of the start of the academic session”, the Ministry said.
J&K was advised to provide uniforms at the earliest well within the stipulated time frame and to ensure timely delivery of textbooks before the start of academic session.
It also came to the fore in the crucial meeting that there are 22 percent schools at Primary level and 6 schools at Upper Primary level with adverse Pupil Teacher Ratio (PTR) in J&K UT. In order to balance the PTR in every school, the ministry advised the UT to go for rationalization by doing the school level analysis using the latest UDISE data.
“There are more than 10,000 surplus teachers in the UT and it should start adequate deployment of teachers by ensuring that the specified pupil teacher ratio is maintained for each school”, the ministry said.
“UT has not been able to operationalise 85 Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas (KGBVs) of Type IV, which is an area of concern. Construction of 4 KGBV buildings also not started yet under Type I and 17 KGBV buildings too not started yet under Type lV.
“Moreover, construction of 30 KGBV buildings not completed yet under Type I and 41 KGBV buildings not completed yet under Type IV. J&K was asked to expedite the construction of these above pending civil works at the earliest ”, an official said.