Even Hr Secondary schools fail to attract students
Srinagar: Students in various Higher Secondary Schools stayed away from schools on Thursday even as the administration had ordered the teaching and other staff to be available for the students.
The administration had announced the opening of all the higher secondary schools across the Kashmir Valley from today.
Reports said that only staff members were seen present in different Government run schools and Higher Secondary schools as no students turned up in any of these schools.
Pertinently, SP Higher Secondary school in Srinagar has been converted into a CRPF camp with several companies of the Central Reserve Police Force deployed there.
“All the classrooms have been occupied by CRPF,” a teacher said.
Parents said that they can’t take any risk at this stage. “There is uncertainty besides there is no communication link. In case of any emergency neither schools authorities can contact us nor can we reach there on time to collect our wards,” they said.
Notably, education sector was the worst hit sector during the 60-day-long strike in Kashmir valley, where divisional authorities had claimed that all (HSSs) schools will re-open from today.
The state government ordered closure of all educational institutions in Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, when centre scrapped Article 370 and 35 A, besides divided the state into two Union Territories—Ladakh region and Jammu and Kashmir.
The decision evoked sharp reaction from mainstream political party leaders, including three former chief ministers — Farooq Abdullah, MP, his son Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti — who were put under house arrest or detained in jails. The authorities also snapped mobile and internet service of all Cellular companies, including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) from August 5.
Schools and colleges were reopened in Jammu and Ladakh regions in a phased manner. However, educational institutions remained closed in Kashmir valley, where parents were also not ready to send their children to schools.
Later, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan announced reopening of upto primary schools followed by middle and High Schools. However, there was no response from the students, who stayed away. Parents, fearing trouble, said until communication was restored they will not sent their children to schools.
The Kashmir University (KU), Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST), Central University Kashmir (CUK) and Cluster University also remained closed. Students of these universities who were staying in hotels have already left for their home. The IUST has also postponed all semester examinations.
All private and government engineering and poly-technical colleges also remained closed. The National Institute of Technology (NIT), Srinagar also remained closed and students of different states have left for their homes under security on August 6.