Educational institutions re-open after summer break

All the educational institutions across Kashmir and winter zone Jammu reopened on Monday after 8 days of summer vacations announced by the government.

Pertinently, the government had announced summer vacations for all government and recognized private schools, colleges and Universities in Kashmir from July 6 and 7 in wake of the first death anniversary of Hizbul Mujahidin commander, Burhan Wani on July 8.

Besides, summer vacations were also announced for Universities as well.

The announcement of summer vacations coincided with the strike call (calendar) issued by United Jehad Council (UJC) Chief, Syed Salahudin from July 7 to July 13 to commemorate martyrs week.

However, the government denied any such move and said that they have only curtailed the summer vacations from 15 to eight days given the disturbances in the academic session witnessed in previous months this year.

The educational institutions were closed for a prolonged period of time in April and May following the thrashing of students in Pulwana Degree College by government forces on April 15, leaving over 50 students injured.

Earlier, there were some rumors being spread informing parents and students that the summer vacations have been extended from July 17 to 24. However, the rumours were dispelled by the government as it ruled out any extension in the vacations.

Besides other schools, Delhi Public School (DPS) Srinagar reopened after June 24 encounter that happened in the school premises.

Two militants had entered the school after attacking a CRPF vehicle at Pantha Chowk in Srinagar, resulting in damages to the buildings following which the school management decided to shut the institution for a period of time.

While the schools having resumed their classes after vacations, parents have appealed the minister for education to extend the vacations for a period of one week keeping in view the prevailing weather in Kashmir.

“Given the scorching heat in Kashmir, small school going children are not in position to attend their schools. Government should consider the climatic conditions and extend vacations for one more week,” said Basharat Ahmad, a parent from Sanat Nagar here. He said the vacations should be extended up to middle class students to provide some relief to the students.

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