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Lack of playfields in schools put recreational activities at back seat

Subodh Bhasin. Dated: 10/7/2017 11:04:43 AM

Subodh Bhasin
Jammu, Oct 6
Despite the private schools are charging hefty amount of fee for recreational activities besides monthly fee, yet most of the private schools lack basic playfield and necessary infrastructure which is necessary for overall personality of the child.
Because of inaccessibility of play fields and absence of sufficient space in much of the private schools in the city, students feel helpless to engage themselves games and physical trainings and have to rely of extra training centers or clubs.
The situation is not much different in the schools located within the lanes like Pacca Danga, Chowk Chabutra, where students even won’t have much place to offer morning prayers. Talking to young bites some parents said that although these private schools charge exhobiriant on the names of games and extracurricular activities yet its apathy that our wards have to look for private clubs to participate in different events. Under the SRO 123 of the J&K School Education Act of 2002, private schools seeking affiliation/recognition/permission should have the required infrastructure for conducting physical activities. Further, it is mandatory for every private school to also have a room for indoor games with area not less than 150 sq m. But these private schools have flouted the norms, yet charging without providing basic facility.
It’s a fact that few of the private schools which do not have a playground, especially in the old city areas, were established years ago. And with rapid expansion of the urbanization, it is impossible to construct a playground. As such there are many private schools in and around the Kachi Chawni area, but a majority of them do not have a playground.
A great deal of stress is being laid by the experts on presenting physical training subject in schools, however what is the advantage if physical exercises are not occurring because of absence of play areas," parents allege.
Demanding action against such schools established few years ago and questioning the department is not even bother to prepare a list of private educational institutions which lack playground facilities.
A visit to some schools clearly shows that some schools had such a small space that it was not even possible to organise 30-m race. “Under the SRO 123 of the J&K School Education Act of 2002, the private schools seeking affiliation/recognition/permission should have required infrastructure for conducting physical activities. Further, it is mandatory for every private school to have one room for indoor games with area not less than 150 sq m,” an official said.

 

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