A latest survey on schools conducted by National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA) has revealed that more than 50% government schools in JK have no library facility. The survey was conducted in 2015-16 academic year.
As per the survey 53 percent government Primary Schools have no library facilities in the state while as the government has covered only 54 percent Upper Primary schools which have library facilities for the students.
The survey has revealed that only 62 percent government schools (Primary to Higher Secondary) have the library facilities for the students.
The survey reveals that 84 percent schools don't have a librarian for the students.
The figures have come to fore at a time when the school education department claims to focus on the reading ability of the students enrolled in government schools.
The authorities in school education department last year claimed to partner with department of culture department to have library facilities in all the school.
However, an official said the proposal moved by the culture department to converge facilities of schools with its mega project of establishing libraries throughout state was also shelved. "The motive behind proposal moved by cultural department was to have books available to students in schools and society at large but there was no implementation of the proposal on grounds," the officials said.
A top official said the department as per norms has to provide proper library facilities to students at elementary level under provisions of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and also receives annual grants under Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) scheme from MHRD to equip schools with proper library facilities.
"But the department has failed in this endeavor and didn't implement the centrally schemes seriously," the officials said.
Officials said the libraries and reading rooms form the backbone of learning in schools and colleges but unfortunately such facilities are missing in JK schools.