The snow fall has ultimately brought respite for the people but here too poor is most hit having no generator/inverter facilities in absence of electricity and drinking water which is not available in most parts of the valley. With snow clearance yet to take place as the administration seems napping leaving behind hoax tall claims. Thank God that schools have already been closed for winter break to save the school children from the possible mishaps in chilly weather conditions.
I am surprised to see coaching centers functional during snow where young children are seen at the coaching centers which is horrifying and seems that the ccentre heads are trying best to complete course hurriedly in order to start a fresh batch to earn money. These people over look the hardships faced by the students during unbearable cold. The life of the students is put to risk by keeping coaching centres open during harsh weather conditions and the department of education is watching as a mute spectator. I don't see any reason for the coaching centre heads to keep the centers functional during the peak of the winters which is considered as the coldest period of the winter. When govt ordered winter breaks from 1st. December to give respite to the students during winters, then why should schools be replaced by coaching centers?. I am afraid if the trend remains in vogue then there is every possibility of mishap to the students during winters due to lack of basic facilities at the coaching centers, who other wise can extend the period for completion of the course during summers which hardly can take them one month more particularly from 8th to 11th classes.
Pertinent to mention here that there is no heating facility in place at the centers which adds to the worries of the parents besides slippery roads due to frozen snow on the roads.
The administration particularly Director school education kashmir may look in to the affairs of the coaching centers by making them more accountable and it is hoped that the coaching centres are instructed to declare one month break at least for January 2014 so that the students are saved from the health hazards.
Mohammad Farooq Wani
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