Monday, March 19, 2012

14 percent increase in literacy rate

The Minister for Technical Education R.S. Chib on behalf of the Education Minister today informed the House that the literacy rate increased from 55.50% (census 2001) to 68.74% (census 2011) showing overall increase of 13.67% and 15% increase in female literacy, which is higher than the national average.

Replying to the debate on demands for grants for Education Department in the House, Chib said that there is a Network of 23,454 Govt. schools and 4719 Private recognized schools (14,453 Primary schools, 6976 Middle schools, 1418 High Schools, 607 Hr. Secondary Schools). adding that a total enrollment of 23.40 lakh students enrolled from Primary to Sr. Secondary level.

He said that there are Two State Institutes of Education (SIE) one each at Kashmir and Jammu, adding that 22 District Institutes of Education and Trainings (DIETs) are functioning for ensuring Quality Improvement of Teaching, Learning capacity of Government teachers. He said establishment of 8 new District Institutes of Education and Training (DIET) for 8 newly created districts during 2007-08, are part of 22.

He said 7 lakh children at Primary stage and three lakh at Upper Primary stage are covered under Mid Day Meal scheme during 2011-12.

Deliberating on Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Mr. Chib said that 10185 numbers of Primary Schools have been opened till date under this scheme so far. He said 6343 Primary Schools have been upgraded to Middle Schools.

He said 5921 Primary school buildings have been constructed under SSA, adding that another 2817 such buildings are at various stages of construction. He said 723 Middle School buildings have been constructed while 449 such buildings are under construction. He said 6215 additional

Class rooms have been constructed and the construction of 4597 more such class rooms is in progress. He said 86 Block Resource Centers(BRCs) have been constructed while 24 more are under construction and 12 KGBVs have been constructed while 55 are at various levels of construction.

Chib said that Special focus is on girls education in order to bridge gap between male and female literacy, he said, adding 99 Educationally Backward Block (EBBs) have been approved for J&K where female literacy in less than the national female literacy rate. He said 12 KGBVs=92 buildings have been completed.

The Minister said that ways and means have been introduced to improve the results which include 2365 trained teachers have been promoted as Masters in 2010 and 2011, out of which promote masters have been posted in far flung areas of Bani, Kathua, Basholi, Kishtwar, Doda, Ramban and Bhaderwah. Five hundred eighty one Masters have been placed as I/C Headmasters to provide Headmasters to the High Schools. Besides 631Lecturers were appointed through PSC/ DPC in last two years and adjusted in various Higher Secondary schools in Jammu Province on vacancies to meet up the deficiency of teaching staff in the schools.

Thirteen members participated in the discussion and identified the areas of improvement. They suggested measures to upgrade and improve the quality of education and creating competitive spirits amongst the students so that they can secure their place in different fields at the national as well as global level.

Later, the House passed the grants for the Education Department and its allied wings for the year 2012-13 with voice vote. The members who moved the Cut Motions withdrew after satisfying with the reply of the Minister.

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