Around 163 schools in border district Rajouri function under open sky and students often miss classes when it rains or there is scorching temperature.
As per official sources the district administration has woke up to the problem and proposed to construct buildings for 100 such schools including 40 in Rajouri constituency, 40 in Darhal constituency, 14 in Kalakote constituency and 06 in Nowshera constituency.
"Schools with enrollment of 20 and above out of 163 building-less schools have been selected for the project to provide buildings this fiscal under convergence of schemes. An independent inter-departmental engineering team will inspect schools for quality of construction. Remaining 63 schools with enrollment below 20 and without school buildings will be taken up during second phase of project" an official spokesperson said.
A District Level Coordination Committee headed by the DDC and comprising officers from departments of Education, Rural Development, Revenue, PHE and Panchayats has been constituted for weekly monitoring of progress and resolving local issues for constructions.
The SDMs will supervise construction which is being done through Rural Development Department. Education Department has sponsored 45-50% funding for the project while remaining funds are being provided under convergence of various schemes. These 100 schools will be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 9 Cr against required funding of Rs 12 Cr out of which education department will provide Rs 4.53 Cr.
The zone wise schools selected for construction of buildings include 3 in Rajnagar zone, 10 in Thanamandi, 4 in Kalakote, 20 in Koteranka, 5 in Moughla, 3 in Doongi, 14 in Darhal, 03 in Dandesar, 09 in Manjakote, 01 in Nowshera, 1 in Lower Hathal, 9 in Peeri, 9 in Baljarallan and 9 in Khwas zone. These schools have a total enrolment of 3181 during current year and with the construction of buildings the enrolment, especially of girl students is expected to double, the spokesperson claimed.