One can well imagine the quality education being imparted to students when a private high school is being run from two shops and that too just 6km from the district headquarters and chief education officer's office.
Nearly 180 students are taking education in this so-called 'model' school, which is being reportedly being run with the permission of the directorate of education, but does not have facilities like playground, electricity, fans, classrooms, desks, etc.
The high school is being run by the Bhatti Memorial Education Trust and is situated at Nagrota on Rajouri-Budhal road. Most students, including girls, either have to sit in the open land or on the roof of the shop.
The office of the school is being run from another adjoining shop where Class-10 students double up as teachers.
"We have to go to open fields to answer nature's call, which is humiliating. Besides, during rain we either sit with other students in the shops or enjoy holiday," said Naseem Arif, a Class-10 student.
Yasir Ali, another Class-10 student, said the school has no mathematics and science teachers for the past two months even as the school administration is charging Rs 800 fee per month.
"Several times, our parents contacted the school administration to provide teachers but all their demands fell on deaf ears," said another student.
When HT visited the school, students from different classes were sitting in a shop, which lacked desks, while some students were sleeping on the ground.
"The education department officials who granted permission to run such schools are playing with the future of students for their vested interests. Soon, a committee will be constituted to verify the facts and allegations and strict departmental action will be taken against those who gave the permission to run this school even as it failed to fulfil the norms," said Lal Hussain, chief education officer.
Hussain, who had joined as CEO at Rajouri only three days ago, added that he will personally try to visit this school and other such schools soon to check whether the school managements have provided required facilities in their institutions or not.
"If they are found violating the rules laid down by the education department and government, suitable action will be taken against them as per law," said the CEO.
Surprisingly, another private institution, BGSB public school, is running 200 metre from this school in violation of the rules laid down by the education department.
Under SRO 123, schools must have playgrounds, separate classrooms, toilet blocks for girls and boys, drinking water facilities, electricity, fans, etc, and two institutions cannot be situated within 1 km of each other.