In a significant development, the Jammu and Kashmir government, under 74th Constitutional Amendment Act, has transferred the control of around 108 government primary schools to Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) and Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC).
As per an order issued by the government, these schools will have full-fledged control and supervision of the JMC and the SMC even as the cadre control of the deputed staff will be maintained by the school education department.
It also states that these schools have been transferred to municipal bodies along with their assets, posts, staff and funds to these municipal bodies.
“Sanction is accorded to the transfer of 108 standalone primary schools within limits of Jammu Municipal Corporation and Srinagar Municipal Corporation along with transfer of all assets, posts, staff and funds to Jammu Municipal Corporation and Srinagar Municipal Corporation along with deployment of 265 primary school teachers,” the order issued by the administrative secretary school education department, BK Singh, read.
The decision has been already approved by the administrative council of the J&K Union Territory (UT) of India.
The schools transferred include 83 from Srinagar, 25 from Jammu, and 200 posts from Srinagar schools and 65 from schools in Jammu district.
As per the order: “Transfer of two posts of Chief Education Officers in level-II, one each to Jammu Municipal Corporation and Srinagar Municipal Corporation, to be filled on deputation basis from School Education Department.”
The office of the CEO will be set up in the concerned municipal office and will be accountable to the concerned Municipal Commissioner.
“The school education department will open a separate budget head for transfer of Capex/Opex funds to Urban Local Bodies (ULBs),” the order read.
An official in the school education department said this system was already in vogue in outside states. He said that the move will boost the education sector as the municipal corporations will have grants for these schools besides the funds provided by the education department.
SMC Commissioner, Gazzanfar Ali, said this will pave way for equipping these institutions and making them accountable to the public.
“We will equip these schools with modern technologies and good infrastructure,” he said.
“The corporation will have the powers to monitor attendance of staff and students besides utilisation of funds in the primary schools of his area,” he said, adding that the corporation will also help revamp these institutions in terms of academics and infrastructure.