Only 16% govt schools in JK have teachers trained to deliver classes online.

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Only 16% govt schools in JK have teachers trained to deliver classes online.

Srinagar, May 21: As most of the schools have gradually shifted to virtual mode to resume teaching learning process amid the raging COVID-19 pandemic, figures reveal only 16 per cent of government-run schools in Jammu and Kashmir have at least one teacher trained to deliver classes online.

The official figures reveal that only 3637 schools in Jammu and Kashmir excluding Leh and Kargil in the Ladakh region are having at least one teacher trained in use of computer and teaching through computer by school category and management.

This includes 2065 schools in Kashmir division and 1572 schools in Jammu division.

According to the figures maintained by School Education Department (SED), there are 10,915 government schools in Kashmir division only which includes 5710 Primary Schools, 3894 Middle schools, 805 High Schools, 379 Higher Secondary Schools, 54 Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas (KGBVS) and 73 Mobile Schools.

An official of SED said that there were nearly 1.25 lakh teachers working in the department across Jammu and Kashmir out of which nearly 65 thousand teachers are posted in Kashmir region.

“A total of nearly 23,000 government schools are functional in Jammu and Kashmir,” the official said.

The figures of the Directorate of School Education Kashmir (DSEK) state that there are 10, 915 government-run-schools functioning under the department, which suggests nearly 84 per cent of schools lack teachers to impart online teaching to students.

Talking to Rising Kashmir, Director of School Education Kashmir, Tassaduq Hussain Mir said that he has recently taken over the charge of the department and will go through the records.

“I have recently assumed the charge as Director School Education and will look into the exact figures,” he Said.

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