School education department has withheld upgradation of 210 government schools for lacking feasibility which is a prerequisite for upgradation to the higher level.
In October last year, J&K cabinet had approved upgradation of 400 government schools – 200 middle schools and 200 high schools – to their next level. However, the department approved upgradation of only 189 government schools and classes have been started in most of the upgraded schools.
Officials said the schools were upgraded on the basis of the recommendations submitted by the concerned MLA and each MLA was supposed to prioritise four schools – two middle and two high schools – for their upgradation. “But after going through the list of schools submitted by the concerned MLAs, it was found that most of the schools were not feasible for upgradation to the next level and were rejected by the directorate of school education in Kashmir and Jammu region,” said an official privy to the development. He said the MLAs were asked to provide alternate schools for upgradation but most of them insisted on accepting their previous list. “But the department didn’t succumb and rejected the proposal with the result upgradation of 210 schools has been withheld,” the official said.
The department has approved upgradation of government high school Rawalpora and Natipora High School in Srinagar. “Natipora is at a distance of one kilometer from Chanpora where the department has already a higher secondary school,” the official said, adding that the concerned MLA should have recommended up-gradation of Hyderpora high school or Bemina high school. “Bemina is densely populated area and it deserved to have one higher secondary school for students,” the official said.
The upgradation of schools was approved by the J&K cabinet in PDP led coalition government along with the creation of posts, including 2800 teaching and non teaching staff for middle schools and 5400 posts for high schools, to be upgraded to the next level.