Srinagar, Oct 10: Jammu and Kashmir government has started a massive infrastructural development programme under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Prime Minister's Package aimed at boosting the education sector in the border district of Kargil.
An official spokesman said here today that over Rs 43.69 crore were being utilised on the schemes for construction of school buildings, additional classrooms, opening of new schools and upgradation of existing schools.
Under the programme, 75 new primary schools, 78 Education Guarantee Centres (EGC), 56 Cluster Resource Centres and 19 computer, Block Resource Centres and KGBVs had been established in the district.
Similarly, 143 primary schools and 78 EGCs were upgraded to the level of middle and primary schools respectively.
As many as 653 Rehbar-e-Taleem (RT) teachers, education volunteers and other required staff had also been engaged under the programme.
He said school buildings were constructed under the SSA in the district for 160 primary schools, 19 middle schools and 35 block resource centres. In addition, 217 additional class rooms were also constructed. Drinking water and toilet facilities had been provided in 28 schools.
Under Prime Minister's Package, Rs 8.30 crore had been utilised for construction of 11 higher secondary and high school buildings in the district. Besides, additional classrooms were constructed in 6 high schools under the programme.
Under Centrally Sponsored Scheme, as many as 94 schools of the district were being provided drinking water facilities by the end of this year. For this purpose, Rs 1.36 crore had been earmarked. So far 35 schools had been provided such facilities.