In the National Educational Scenario, J&K UT is subsumed as educationally backward in reference to the established indices namely literacy rate, teacher pupil ratio , dropout rate and the absorption pattern of the educated persons. The disquieting features are low literacy rate, higher drop-out rate gender disparity, mismatch between education and employment. The J&K UT strictly adheres to the National Education Policy and with the exponential growth of the institutional framework and reach of services as a consequence of sustained investment folio through plan strategy, improvement in every parameter is visible. The improvement is more pronounced in the field of girls literacy. Education is one of the most valuable means in achieving gender equality and empowerment of women.
The Education Department with broaden objectives of Universalization of Elementary Education, Extension of School facilities with in every school, development of infrastructure and providing incentive structure to improve enrollment and retention in implementing various schemes.
Initiatives taken to improve Elementary Education in J&K UT
Since independence, the central and UT governments have been expanding the provision of primary, formal and non-formal education to realize the goal of Universilisation of Elementary Education (UEE). The challenge now is to sustain and deepen current reforms in education and encourage local planning and management of strategies for expanding and improving Elementary education in the UT. With a view to cushioning the impact of rising costs of text books the UT Government is providing Free Text books to all the children reading in elementary classes though there was a provision of free text books to all girls and SC/ST children.