Various studies conducted by different agencies, both government and non governmental, in Kashmir revealed that a huge number of students discontinue their studies after completing education up to middle standard, every year. It is a matter of great concern. Such studies also reveal that the school buildings owned by government, particularly, in far flung areas are in such bad condition that imparting education in those ramshackle structures is almost impossible. Same is the case with other infra-structural support.
Over and above the number of teachers is very low compared to the roll of students. Coming to government schools in towns, district headquarters and the Srinagar city, the scene is quite reverse. The buildings are better than many private owned schools, infra-structure good and regularly enhanced, and the human resource is far better, quantitatively as well as qualitatively, than most of the private schools. But in spite of all this the number of students enrolled in these schools is abysmally low. To cap it all the result of such schools is pathetic. So the education department is confronted with a dilemma; where everything is in place results are disappointing, and where a slight addition to material and human resources could produce results, things are left unattended. With so much emphasis on rural education in our routine talk this is the reason to feel disturbed. If the resources available with the education department are justly used and utilized, the outcome can change. If a portion of resources pumped into more urban areas are diverted to rural areas, a vast population can benefit from it. If the authorities give a serious though to this, it can have revolutionary impact. Those who live under extreme conditions of poverty and are marginalized in every possible way can derive benefits from the overall economy of Jammu and Kashmir. Education is the only way that can connect them to the world. But while contemplating anything in this direction every attempt should be made to keep politics out. Sometime back the government also decided to set up new colleges at various places. Establishing colleges is not meant to strengthen the educational system of the newly formed Union Territory but to bolster the vote bank in a particular area where the colleges were supposed to be established. Disproportionate infrastructure and human resource that is now a commonly reported problem in our schools must be addressed at the earliest.