Govt to follow Delhi model to set up smart schools in city

While the government schools across Valley are grappling with dearth of proper infrastructure, Srinagar district administration is all set to imitate Delhi model to set up model schools in the summer capital.

The move comes at a time when majority of the government schools in city lack basic infrastructure and permanent buildings as well.

Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said they have decided to develop 25 schools as model schools under district plan.

“We will utilise our resources out of our district plan and set up model schools in Srinagar city. First 25 schools will be developed as smart schools on pilot basis,” the DC said.

He said the initiative was taken after studying Delhi model of schools and survey of city schools to gather information about the student needs.

The survey of government schools from class 1st primary to 10th has also revealed that the present pupil-teacher ratio in government schools was 1:5 as compared to 1:20 in private schools in this segment.

“The survey also revealed that government schools far more in number cater to only 18 percent of students enrolled while 82 percent students are enrolled in private schools.

“To make the government schools more attractive and focus at outcomes the project has been initiated with a multipronged strategy,” deputy commissioner Srinagar said.

He said 110 schools were shortlisted for the project out of which 52 qualified for final round and 25 schools were selected after series of meetings with staff, visit to schools and after receiving feedback from students.

“Our focus is on primary and middle schools,” he said.

As per official figures, there are 519 government schools in Srinagar district out of which 308 are run from shabby rented spaces without basic facilities required for an educational institution.

Meanwhile, under the smart school project, the schools will have smart classrooms, proper water and electricity supply, accessibility, furniture, library and laboratory. “These schools will also have proper sports facilities and other will get extracurricular support,” DC said. He said these schools will also have entrepreneurship classes and career counselling cells as well.

He said the teams of four officials will be framed by the district administration who will visit the school on monthly basis to monitor the multi-facet activities, with specific terms of reference and submit report with recommendations on required interventions.

“The new smart schools will also have an option of transport facilities which will be used on basis of parent school partnership and on subsidized fare,” he said.