Educational infrastructure in government schools in rural areas of Jammu and Kashmir: Issues and concerns
Education is one of the most important instruments for social, economic and political transformation in any society anywhere in the world. A well-educated and skilled population equipped with knowledge not only drives socio-economic development but also ensures personal growth too. In India, there is a constitutional obligation to make available free and compulsory education to all children in the age group of 06-14 years. The schemes like the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyaan (secondary education) are also working towards achieving this goal. These schemes are being implemented in Jammu and Kashmir too but the results painstakingly slow.
Several surveys and reports have shown that there are several issues in the elementary education in the rural areas of Jammu and Kashmir including poor school infrastructure etc. As 72 % of people live in rural areas of Jammu and Kashmir, it important to study what are the infrastructural facilities available to the students in the rural schools.
The present paper focuses on the issues and concerns in the rural school infrastructure in Jammu and Kashmir. The paper would also try to put forth some suggestions for improving educational infrastructural facilities in these schools of rural Jammu and Kashmir.
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