ducation sector in Jammu and Kashmir has remained in news for one or other reason. People, who have ruled Jammu and Kashmir, during all these years have just made tall claims but on the ground they failed to deliver.
Even, the government has employed an army of teachers in schools run by the Government and they get more wages than the teachers working in private schools and are well qualified than their counterparts but still students don’t come to the expectations. The question of hundreds of parents is why can’t government schools compete with private institutions?
There is a perception that the government run schools have been politicized during the past three decades and much attention has not been paid towards setting the basics rights. Even many schools across the UT run from rented buildings. There are no proper washrooms and other facilities. But the LG Sinha led administration should be appreciated for taking bold steps for giving much attention towards government schools from last one year.
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In Kashmir, school education has been affected severely over the last few years. Let’s take a simple example since Aug 5 (2019), first, there was no schooling in the valley for six months because of the situation following the abrogation of Article 370. The schools reopened briefly in March 2020 only to be closed days later because of the Coronavirus scare.
However, to salvage the academic session, schools in the valley took to various means, including online classes, to impart education to the students, but nothing much happened due to the slow speed.
Recently, some discussions went viral on social media where few parents complained that the schools were putting the students under too much pressure. “This is just a formality by the schools. They send too many assignments on a daily basis. It is not humane.
Assignments are not the only issue of complaint by the students or the parents. Many of them lamented and are still lamenting the slow network speed which hamper the classes and delivery of assignments.
Besides students, teachers are equally disappointed with such internet speed. We hope government will find any alternative, so that students can read and write without any difficulty that too in this season.