SRINAGAR: Following closure for two weeks, several schools re-opened on Monday after the government forces were evacuated from the buildings.
The forces vacated the buildings of Government Higher Secondary School Nishat, Middle School Gagribal, Government Girls School Drogjan and National School Karan Nagar. The schools had been occupied in the wake of parliamentary by-poll held in Srinagar-Budgam constituency on April 9.
Officials of Middle School Gagribal said forces were supposed to arrive on April 8 but they arrived five days earlier on April 3 and occupied every room of the building.
The forces had littered the classrooms with empty liquor bottles, an official said adding the windows panes and the furniture of some of the classrooms were damaged. “The charts were peeled off from the walls. Heaps of garbage was piled up at many places in and outside the school and the washrooms were unclean,” he said.
Principal of the school Khurshid Rather said it would take them enough time to restore the school to its original position.
Asima, a teacher said that the occupation of school building for two weeks has affected the studies of students. “Exams of unit 1 were going on. We had to stop exams and this disturbed the daily functioning of our school,” she said.
Another teacher Shazia said, “Education sector faces the brunt when such things take place. At least education of the student should not be compromised.”
The students were happy to join their schools again. Fiza, a student said, “I was preparing for my unit test during the time our school was closed. I wanted re-opening of school so that I can complete my test and study further.”
At Girls High School Drogjan, the condition was not too different.
Parvaiz Ali, headmaster of the school said that the staff had to undertake cleanliness process “due to the non availability of sweeper”.
“They school ground has been damaged with vehicles,” said Parvaiz.
Arif Iqbal Malik, Chief education officer Srinagar said he has received complaints from various schools about damages. “I have been receiving photographs of damages done to the schools by the government forces. I am taking up the issue with deputy commissioner, Srinagar,” he said.