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 Kashmir: High schools reopen, students stay away
Jammu & Kashmir

Kashmir: High schools reopen, students stay away

Agency News

Srinagar, Aug 28 : Despite almost failing to bring students to primary and middle schools, the administration has ordered reopening of High Schools in Kashmir valley, where spontaneous strike against scrapping of Article 370 and 35 A continued for the 24th day on Wednesday. However, in some areas in north Kashmir districts of Kupwara, Bandipora and Ganderbal, students could be seen attending schools though in less numbers.

The class work in Kashmir University (KU), Islamic University of Science and Technoogy (IUST), Central University Kashmir (CUK) and Cluster University remained suspended. The universities have also ordered postponement of semester and other examinations. The administration has announced on Tuesday evening that all High Schools in restriction free areas will reopen from today. The primary and Middle schools reopened last week. However, response from the students was almost zero in most schools in Srinagar and other districts in the Valley.

Though teaching and other staff are attending their schools, students continued to stay away as parents are not ready to send their children to schools. ''The situation is still very tense and unpredictable as anything can happen any time,'' parents said, adding that in the absence of any communication network, they will not send them (children) to schools. Mobile and landline phones are still down in most areas, including in Srinagar so parents are apprehensive about the safety of their children.

A UNI correspondent, who visited a number of government and private high schools on Wednesday, saw no student in the educational institutes though staff was present. A number of private schools have directed their teaching staff to attend or face no pay. In south Kashmir districts of Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama and Shopian schools remained closed. Similar reports were also received from Budgam in central Kashmir. Reports from other districts and tehsils could not be ascertained due to suspension of mobile service, internet and landlines.UNI