1100 school buildings affected by floods, says Govt
The J&K government Thursday appraised the High Court that 1100 school buildings were affected by the September floods in Kashmir out of which 600 buildings were partially damaged while 500 suffered complete damage.
In its status report, the Education department through Senior Additional Advocate General S ANaik, stated that the total number of schools in Kashmir are 11,662 out of which 1096 school buildings were affected by the floods, with 495 buildings completely damaged.
The report however stated that for schools that have become non-functional due to floods, make-shift arrangements have been made and these are now functioning from nearby schools, temporary sheds, tents and rented buildings.
Advocate G A Lone, representing parents’ body, however expressed dissatisfaction over the report, saying “such arrangements are not visible on ground.”
A bench comprising Chief Justice MM Kumar and Justice Ali Muhammad Magrey took the status report on record and asked Lone to file counter to the report.
Meanwhile, the bench directed private schools to adjust the fee of September and October, if taken from the students, in coming months of the academic session.
The direction came following a statement by counsels representing Mallinson Girls School, Tyndale Biscoe, Presentation Convent, Burn Hall and New Era Public School that they have not charged the fee to the students for the months of September and October. The bench however
directed Delhi Public School not to charge any fee to the students for months of September and October.
NOTICE TO GOVT
Meanwhile, the High Court issued notice to the government for its response to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking conduct of the examinations up to higher secondary Part II level, in November.
The division bench , after hearing the petitioner Advocate Muhammad Ashraf Wani, directed Secretary School Education, Director School Education, Board of School Education and Board of Professional Entrance Examination to file objections to the petition by November 11.
While the petition seeks to conduct the examination from Nursery to 9th standard in early November and examination of 10th and 12th class in mid November to avoid loss of new academic session, it seeks directions to make the assessment of loss of the flood affected schools and their rebuilding on modern and scientific lines.
The State Cabinet has already decided to conduct the examinations in March, 2015. The petition states that this is most unreasonable and unfair and amounts to aggravating the pain suffered by students.