JAMMU: Taking note of the number of pending civil works in government schools at different levels, the Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Education has asked the Union Territory (UT) of Jammu and Kashmir to take up pending works on priority basis.
These directions were issued to UT in the recently held meeting of Project Approval Board (PAB) for considering the Annual Work Plan and Budget (AWP&B), under Samagra Shiksha. The meeting was under the Chairpersonship of Secretary, School Education and Literacy.
During the crucial meeting, it came to the fore that over 8000 civil works under different components in the government schools across J&K have not started yet at Elementary Level (up to class 8th). Of the total sanctioned 10,654 primary schools, civil works of 9411 schools have been completed while work on 156 schools was in progress. Civil works of as many as 1084 government schools are yet to start.
Of the total sanctioned 1177 upper primary schools, 1038 were completed, 11 in progress and civil work on 128 schools has not started yet. Of the total sanctioned 24874 classrooms, 19598 were completed, 1899 in progress and civil work of 3377 additional classrooms is yet to start.
In terms of drinking water facility, of the total sanctioned 2745 schools, 2226 have been completed while 519 have yet to kick start. Of the total sanctioned 9172 boys toilets, 4541 were completed but still work on 4625 toilets is yet to start.
Of the total sanctioned 18264 girls toilets, 18077 toilets have been completed whereas work on 187 toilets has not started yet. As per Unified District Information System for Education Plus (UDISE+) data there are a total of 28863 government schools in J&K UT including Primary-14792, Upper Primary-9689, Secondary-3132 and Higher Secondary-1250.
The Union Budget, 2018-19, has proposed to treat school education holistically without segmentation from pre-nursery to Class 12. Samagra Shiksha – an overarching programme for the school education sector extending from pre-school to class 12 has been, therefore, prepared with the broader goal of improving school effectiveness measured in terms of equal opportunities for schooling and equitable learning outcomes.
It subsumes the three erstwhile Schemes of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) and Teacher Education (TE).