Srinagar, Sep 3: Students, including girls, were visiting their respective schools to fill in the forms for high and higher secondary examinations in the Kashmir valley, where class work remained suspended in educational institutions since August 5, when centre scrapped Article 370 and 35A besides divided the state into two Union Territories.
Since all means of communication, including mobile phone and internet service of all cellular companies, remained suspended for the past 30 days, the management of private and government schools have asked their students of class 10, 11th and 12th to report to their respective schools to complete formalities regarding filling of forms for the Board examinations. However, the students are not required to come in school uniform, notices of private high schools published in local newspapers read.
The divisional authorities had ordered reopening of primary, middle and high schools in restriction free areas last week after remaining closed as a precautionary measure since scrapping of special status of the state. However, there was no response from students who stayed away as their parents fear trouble since life remained crippled due to strike in the valley. A large number of students without uniform reported to their to complete the formalities for appearing in the examination. However, in many schools forms were not available.
Students said they faced a lot of problems to reach their schools in the absence of public transport. “Due to ban on the internet there is no way to fill in forms except to visit schools to complete the formalities,” the students said. A number of students were accompanied by their parents because of the tense situation due to strike. Meanwhile, parents still are not ready to send their children to schools, alleging that situation is not conducive as situation is far from normal.
The authorities said that government took the decision to reopen schools so that education of children did not suffer and it is now up to parents to take a call and send their children to schools. “We cannot bring the children to school though we are committed to provide security to students,” the authorities said. Students continued to stay away from their schools in Kulgam, Anantnag, Pulwama and Shopian districts in south Kashmir.
Similar reports were also reported from Kupwara, Baramulla, Bandipora, Pattan, Sopore, Handwara and Tangmarg in north and central Kashmir districts of Ganderbal and Badgam.The class work in Kashmir University (KU), Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST), Central University Kashmir (CUK) and Cluster University remained suspended. The universities have also ordered postponement of semester and other examinations. Colleges and Higher Secondary schools also remained closed officially in the valley. (UNI)