1096 schools affected by floods: Govt

Srinagar: The last month’s unprecedented floods have badly hit the education sector, affecting 1096 out of 11628 schools across the Kashmir Valley.
Among them, 495 have been fully damaged while 601 others have suffered partial damage , state’s Education Department revealed in a status report filed before the high court.
“The damaged as also those schools which have become non-functional due to floods have been made functional on make shift arrangements in nearby schools, temporary sheds, tents and rented buildings by respective Chief or Zonal Education Officers,” reads the status report filed by the department through senior Additional Advocate General S A Naik .
In light of the recent report by state’s Medical and Health Education Department that 475 schools are unhygienic and unfit for students to study, Director School Education has directed to all the CEOs to take all measures to make them hygienic in consolation with concerned Chief Medical Officers within shortest possible time.
“The decision with regard to re-opening of the schools after floods was taken in the meeting chaired by the Chief Minister at Hariniwas Srinagar on 14 September. It was decided that Chief Secretary will empower the concerned Deputy Commission to take the decision with regard to opening of the schools after they are satisfied that the buildings are safe for schooling in all respects.”
Subsequently, the schools buildings were inspected by a committee constituted for the purpose and reopened accordingly.
“The schools were re-opened as per the instructions of the concerned Deputy Commissioners in consultation with the Chief Education officers and Chief Medical Officers. In various schools, steps were taken to disinfect the school buildings which were hit by the floods by fumigation and other methods.”
The department also divulged reasons for postponement of examinations in March next year, stating that it has been taken as a consequence to the bad weather and damage caused to the infrastructure, both government and private schools.