Have directed officials to ensure schools function normally: Minister
SRINAGAR: In view of the academic calendar getting affected by ongoing unrest in the valley, various private schools have decided to observe Sunday as a normal working day. Many schools, including the Delhi public School Srinagar and Budgam, remained open today.
We have decided to keep the school open on Sundays now in an effort to compensate for the loss suffered by the student community due to continuous curfew and shut downs, said the Principal of a city based school.
While parents of the students are happy over the decision taken by the school authorities, they called upon the government as well as the separatist leaders to ensure that education institutes are exempted from curfews and strikes.
While authorities have imposed curfew on nine days in March due to various reasons, separatists, who are demanding return of mortal remains of Afzal Guru, have called for strikes on three days during the same period.
A large number of students were seen at bus stops in many parts of the city early this morning.
The students expressed satisfaction over this novel steps, as they showed concern for their academic loss.
Shabir Ahmad form Qamerwari whose son is enrolled at DPS Budgam expressed his happiness while he was accompanying his son to the bus stand Sunday morning.
Education should be conflict neutral. Both the sides should think of a way out to enable the learning process to continue, said Ahmd while speaking with this reporter.
One of the parent said, We are happy as we work day in and day out to pay huge sums of money as fees for the future of our children. More than this we are really concerned that our childrens should not face loss like they did in 2010.
When contacted Minster of School Education, Tara Chand said, The schools which were open on Sunday took the decision of their own. As far as Govt schools are concerned we have issued directions to keep them functional as usual.
Meanwhile Director School Education M Shafi Rather said, We have given clear instructions to all the employees to seriously attend their duties. He further added any negligence on part of any employee will be dealt with sternly. (KNS)
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