Uri schools re-open amid hightened tension along LoC
Srinagar: Schools in Kashmir valley except in the southern districts re-opened on Saturday after three months of winter break. Students were visibly thrilled to be back among friends and teachers, and many schools organised welcome sessions during the morning prayers.
A student in Srinagar, Saba Mushtaq, said, “I was very nervous to come to school because I had not done my assignments, but when I came to school I saw that nobody had done all the assignments. I am very happy now.”
Rahiq Ahmad, student of a school in the city centre, said, “I was waiting for the past three months for the day when I will be back at school. Today, I have no words to express how happy I am. I was missing my friends, teachers and, most importantly, the school noise.”
Romaisa Rafiq, a teacher at Green Valley School, said, “Students are happy to get back to school and we as teachers were missing the students as much. Hopefully, this year we will have a good academic year.”
Class work also resumed for secondary and higher secondary schools along with colleges and universities on Saturday after being suspended since Monday after two militants and four civilians were killed in Pahnoo Shopian on late Sunday evening.
The Chief Education officer in Srinagar, Farooq Ahmad Dar, told Kashmir Reader that 70% attendance had been recorded in the government schools of Srinagar.
Mohammad Shafi, District Education Officer of Kupwara, told Kashmir Reader that 80% wttendance had been reported in district Kupwara.
In Uri, despite the tension at the Line of Control, all the schools in the shelling affected areas were opened on Saturday.
Official sources in the education department said that they opened all the schools in two zones of Uri including Uri and Jula which are very close to the LoC and that there was good attendance in schools on Saturday.
They said all the teachers posted in the schools close to the LOC reached their respective schools in the morning and then students also reached the schools.
Several people of Churanda, Silikote, Tilawari and Hathlanga villages near tbe LOC said that only a few families sent their wards to school on Saturday. They said that government should take serious steps for the safety of local people of the area.
Zonal Education Officer (ZEO) Uri Mohammad Syeed Khan said that all the schools in Uri were opened and there was good attendance of students in the schools. He said that he guided all the teachers to shift the school students to safer places in case of any emergency. He also said that all the school buildings are safe and there is also silence on borders.
Earlier, some people approached SDM Uri to request to not open schools in some areas and then SDM Uri contacted the education department, but the education department assured that teachers can handle the situation and they will contact administration in case of any emergency.
Class work had been suspended for a week in all educational institutions and the state government has now announced that it will come up with an academic calendar through which the academic days lost to shutdowns would be compensated by working days in holidays.