Mehbooba stresses on boosting school infra

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today laid stress on raising more physical infrastructure at schools to balance the curricular and extracurricular components of education.

She also directed to expedite recruitment process so that students don’t suffer due to non-availability of teachers, an official spokesman said.

The Chief Minister was chairing the third meeting of governing body of Noor Society which is the implementing society for RMSA (Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan) in the state.

Minister for Education, Naeem Akhtar and Minister of State for Education, Priya Sethi were also present at the meeting.

The Chief Minister advised the meeting to incorporate more physical activity in school curriculum and specifically asked for developing sports grounds and stadia at schools

She directed early completion of construction of girls’ hostels being built by the society and earmark some occupancies there for students belonging to SC, ST and other weaker sections of society.

The meeting was informed that since the inception of RMSA 636 middle schools in the state have been upgraded to the level of high schools.

Also 68 girls’ hostels, costing around Rs 20 crore, are under-construction across the state.

The meeting was also informed that the GIS (geographic information system) mapping of all schools in the state has been initiated and it is likely to be completed this month.

So far 25,511 schools out of 29,094 have been mapped.