J-K govt mulls to merge schools with low enrolment

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Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government has sought details of schools with low enrolment to ‘vacate such premises in order to merge the schools’ to streamline the Teacher Pupil Ratio (TPR).

The news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) has leant that the government in a communiqué issued to Director of School Education of Kashmir and Jammu and Project Director, Samagra Shiksha has asked them to provide details of government-run-schools with low enrolment.

Deputy Director for Planning Development and Monitoring has said, “The decisions taken in Committee of Secretaries (COS) meeting headed by Chief Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir Arun Kumar Mehta on December-1 regarding the schools with low enrollment and as desired by the higher authorities, I am directed to convey that the expected criteria for proposing the vacating of school buildings due to likely merger of schools with low enrolment may be taken.”

Stating the criteria, the official has said that the details regarding low enrolment shall be submitted of all government primary schools with enrolment less than 10 students.

“All government and upper primary and middle schools with enrolment less than 30 students and all the government high schools with enrolment less than 70 enrolments,” it reads.

The official however said that it shall be ensured that the norms and the guidelines of Right to Education Act (RTE) may not be violated.

“The requisite information complete in all respect as per devised formats already provided shall reach to the Administrative Department by or before December-25 without any fail,” the official said—(KNO)

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