Erstwhile National School to be refurbished as 'composite model school'

Greater Kashmir

Two years after School Education department took over the building of National School at Karna Nagar here, the government is all set to refurbish it into state-of-art model school, with classes from kindergarten to higher secondary level.

The school was taken over by the department in 2018 after it witnessed a steep decrease in enrollment of the students.

An official said the decision to take over the building was meant to safeguard the land which had been provided to a trust to run the school.

Director School Education Kashmir (DSEK) Muhammad Younis Malik said the school will be redesigned as a “composite model school” and equipped with all facilities.

In 2014, following the devastating floods four government schools were shifted in the building of National School. The buildings of these four schools were completely damaged in the deluge.

The department had proposed to start a “move school” in the building of the National School for children of move employees working in the civil secretariat.

But the proposal remained confined to papers.

The Director said the model school will have the modern teaching and learning facilities at par with any reputed private school.

“The facilities will include teaching through smart class rooms, ICT laboratory, model kindergarten, laboratories for Physics, Chemistry, Biology and language laboratories,” he said.

The department had also temporarily accommodated the office of the Chief Education Officer (CEO) Srinagar in the building.

The Director said the model school will be specially designed for learning practices for toddlers. “The school will enroll students from kindergarten to class 12. The admission process will start soon,” he said.

The Director said around 11 staff members including teaching and other non-teaching staff of the National School have been absorbed in the department on a permanent basis.