Lack of facilities, inadequate number of teachers and less remunerations has marred the implementation of national flagship scheme for girl education – Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas (KGBVs)- in Jammu and Kashmir, an evaluation study of National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog has revealed.
The study was conducted to find out the progress of the scheme launched by previous union government of UPA in 2004.
However, the study report has painted gloomy picture of the scheme in JK, as it blames lack of facilities in KGBV schools, non-availability of computers, libraries, poor teacher adequacy for its failure to achieve the target which was to impart upper primary level residential school education for girls from SC, ST, OBC and minorities in different educationally backward blocks (EBBs).
"About 53 percent students in Jammu and Kashmir reported that teachers for all subjects are not available," the report reads.
The non-availability of separate teachers for each subject is affecting the overall studies of the students; the report adds that "none of the students in KGBVs were happy with the strength of teachers engaged for providing them education".
Further, at the time when the advent of technology has become part and parcel of education system, there are no computers and libraries available in KGBV schools in JK which would have helped girls enrolled to get quality education by using latest technology.
"Despite being aware of the fact that children with special needs are also studying in the KGBVs, there is no focus on preparation of Individualized Education Plan (IEP)", the evaluation study said.
The study has stated that due to shortage of Teaching Learning Material (TLM) teachers very rarely use the aiding material in classrooms.
This is notwithstanding the fact that sufficient funds are released for Teaching Learning Material every year under the scheme.
As the KGBV schools are meant for girl students, the lack of boundary walls and security concerns in the school is shooing away children from getting enrolled under the scheme.