Jammu: A Parliamentary Committee has expressed concern over lack of quality education being offered to the students of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas in rural areas. It has asked the Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti to ensure quality education was imparted to the children to further improve the academic performance of the institutions.
There are 17 Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas in the state — nine in the Jammu region and eight in the Kashmir region. Sources said the committee observed that the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas established in rural areas across the country, especially in hilly, northeastern states, were facing shortage of teachers and lacked infrastructure such as buildings and boundary wall. The committee said since the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas catered to the needs of rural children, the department should take steps
to ensure quality education to them. The committee had emphasised providing intensive training to upgrade the knowledge of teachers and principals. Recently, it came to the fore during a survey that around 62.9 per cent students reported inadequacy of computers in the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas in J&K. Only 7.1 percent students used computers daily in the schools while 26.2 per cent on alternate days and 31 per cent weekly. Surprisingly,