The J & K government is focusing on the education in its schools and is trying to get more children enrolled. In the elementary segment of the school education, there has been an increase in the enrollments in all the Kashmir valley.
In Bandipora district student enrolment increased by 8.9 percent followed by Central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district with 5.3 percent, frontier district Kupwara with 19.2 percent, Baramulla with 17.8 percent, Shopian with 3.8 percent, Pulwama with 4.8 percent and Srinagar with 3.3 percent.
Earlier the situation was different as the net enrolment ratio was at lowest at both elementary and secondary level in government schools in J&K as per the School Quality Education Index (SEQI) 2019 report of the National Institute for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog.
Various initiatives launched by the school education department attracted students from private to Government schools. More so, over 1.50 Lakh Teachers were covered under elementary teacher training, 126 CAL (Computer Aided Learning) Centers were set up in the Upper Primary Schools besides 13000 disabled children provided medical aid and assistive devices. Free textbooks are provided to students of 1st to 8th standards each year. Seasonal Centers at various Bahaks (highland pasture’s) were established for the children of the migratory population besides NRBC centres were established for out-of-school children (drop out or never enrolled)”, official data reveals. Other major interventions like extension of Mid-day Meal scheme to middle schools has tremendously helped in increasing the enrollment of these schools.