High Schools Reopen Sans Students

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SRINAGAR -The government’s efforts to reopen high schools, which have now been closed for two months following abrogation of Article 370, failed again as students stayed away from educational institutions, officials said.

The Students preferred to stay away from schools amid Divisional commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan directive to all the Deputy Commissioners of Kashmir and officials of the Education Department to open the higher secondary schools from October 4.

Reporters visited prominent government higher secondary schools of Srinagar like SP Higher Secondary School, Boys Higher Secondary School Jawahar Nagar and Girls Higher Secondary School Rajbagh and found only staff members as no students turned up in any of these schools.

SP Higher Secondary school in Srinagar has been converted into a CRPF camp with several companies of the Central Reserve Police Force deployed there.

“There are 24 classrooms in the school, which have all been taken over by the CRPF,” a teacher at the school a news agency.

Staff members were present but not the students in Higher Secondary School Jawahar Nagar with a strenth of over 1,100 students and Girls Higher Secondary school Rajbagh with over 300 students

When the state administration opened other schools last month the outcome was similar. The move drew an extremely poor response. Only the staff members showed up in the schools as students stayed away.

Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Khan had on Monday directed all Deputy Commissioners and officers concerned to ensure that all government schools as well as private institutions up to Higher Secondary level of the valley be open by Thursday and Colleges to open by or before 9 October.

The officials said the state government was trying its best to have normal functioning in schools, but its efforts have not borne any fruit as most parents continued to keep children at home due to apprehensions about their safety.  (PTI/Agencies)


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