Srinagar, Sep 25: The Estimates Committee of Legislative Assembly has directed the Education Department to take necessary steps to improve the quality of education in Jammu and Kashmir where on average one school is provided for every 100 students.
The committee directed the department to provide quality education to students so that they could at global level.
Stressing on upgrade of infrastructure and maintaining transparency in Sarva Shiksha Abhyan (SSA) so that all children are covered under this vital programme, the committee suggested various measures to bring further improvement in the system.
Secretary Education K M Wani informed the committee that presently, 16,772 institutions exist in the state wherein 16, 12, 209 students are enrolled.
He apprised that the department has taken various reformative measures to improve the education standard, with the main focus of the government to upgrade the existing infrastructure and efforts were on to fill the vacant posts in various schools for which the SSA scheme was launched.
He said all EGS centres in the state would be upgraded to the level of primary schools during the current year.
To ensure universalization of primary education, total enrollment and improvement in retention, the Mid-Day Meal scheme was launched in the state during the year 2004.
Mr Wani informed that the coverage under the scheme has increased considerably and all the students upto the level of Class-V in schools and EGS centres are targeted for coverage under the scheme.
As many as 10, 17055 students have been covered during last fiscal, said Mr Wani.
The Committee stressed on launching orientation programmes for the teachers and students as per the changed scenario to improve the teacher-student relationship.
Teacher should take moral responsibility to inculcate moral education among the students, with focus on introducing social reform and responsibility in student community. Children are the future of the nation and they should be taught in such a way that tomorrow they could shoulder the responsibility of nation in the future.
The department should ensure proper utilisation of manpower and strengthen the monitoring mechanism for proper coordination between various wings of the department for better results, the committee opined.
The committee said the department should also review the distance norms for opening of new schools especially in hilly belt where geographical conditions were tough and children could not cover the hilly terrain so easily.