Reopening of schools: Snow accumulation hinders class work in far off areas
Srinagar: Despite the passage of four days since the class work resumed in schools post three month long winter vacations, dozens of government schools continue to remain surrounded with huge mounds of snow causing inconveniences to the students and the staff in these institutions.
Given the accumulation of the snow and no approach road to the schools, the institutions are witnessing a thin attendance for past four days throwing a major challenge for the authorities in the department.
The students are forced to stay indoors in remote villages due to non clearance of the snow. The development has deflated the much hyped academic planner of the school education department wherein it has stressed to avoid loss of school days.
“But the department has itself failed to provide congenial atmosphere for the students at the beginning of the session post winter vacations,” an official said.
Importantly, all these snow covered schools are situated in remote villages where the students don’t have availability of private educational institutions.
“In these villages government schools are the only option for students but the education department is least bothered to maintain the standards,” the official added.
Though the roads leading to the villages of these schools have been cleared of snow, while the premises and the approach road leading to these institutions have been left unattended, complained some locals.
“Had government been serious about the issue, the snow would have been cleared much before the reopening of the schools,” the official said.
According to media reports, the Director School Education Kashmir (DSEK) had earlier claimed that the department was collecting details of the schools surrounded with mounds of snow and will start a clearance operation for convenience of the students.
“But four days have passed since the schools reopened but there has been no snow clearance in any of the schools in these villages,” the official said.
The callousness of the department has marred the enthusiasm of the students who are failing to attend their respective schools from past four days.
Director School Education Kashmir (DSEK) Muhammad Younis said the details have been collected and snow from all these schools will be cleared by Monday.
“These schools are located in far off villages where the main roads have not been cleared yet. But we have taken up the matter with concerned officials and will resolve the problem,” he said.