Srinagar, Aug 22: Attendance of students in twin districts of Kupwara and Bandipora has further improved while elsewhere in the Kashmir valley, including Srinagar, it was very poor due to prevailing uneasy situation on Thursday. All educational institutions, including universities, engineering and other professional colleges were closed from August 5, when Article 370 and 35 A were scrapped and Jammu and Kashmir was divided into two union territories-- Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, evoking sharp and spontaneous reaction.
However, the government ordered reopening of primary schools from August 19 and Middle schools from Wednesday. However, majority schools in Srinagar wore a deserted look though 60 to 70 per cent teachers and other staff attended their respective institutions. Private schools also remained closed. According to Director, Education Kashmir, Mohammad Yaseen Malik said 774 middle schools were reopened yesterday after reopening of primary schools on Monday.
There was a network of 6,000 schools in the Kashmir valley. However, he said, the attendance of students was thin. Malik said attendance of students has now started picking up. Good number of students attended schools in Kupwara, Bandipora and central Kashmir district of Ganderbal, he said. 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 hae 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. The coaching and tuition centres in the valley remained closed. UNI