SRINAGAR: Schools reopened in the Kashmir Valley on Monday after nearly 100 days of extended winter vacations.
Clusters of kids in smart uniforms appeared at bus stops early in the morning, even as many took hired vans and autos for the first school-day of the season.
The government had announced 3 months of vacation at the beginning of December last year for children up to middle school level, but later extended it by 10 more days when weather turned unexpectedly wet and cold by the end of February.
Though students in the Valleys plains headed for class amid pleasant sunshine, attendance was said to have been thin in hilly areas which are still snow clad.
Parents with children in private schools complained of another round of fee hikes by managements, saying the government appeared helpless before the unchecked and unregulated annual practice.
Timings for schools within the citys municipal limits have been fixed between 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p. m, and between 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for those outside.
New timings are likely to be announced by the end of this month.
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