Collect assignments, video lessons: Kashmir schools to students

Children study at a private home tuition centre in Srinagar. —Excelsior/Shakeel
Children study at a private home tuition centre in Srinagar. —Excelsior/Shakeel

Almost all private schools have directed their students, who are staying away from classes, to collect assignments and video lessons from schools in Srinagar.
However, students of some schools are not so lucky as there is no such facility available for them.
Students of class 10th, 11th and 12th are visiting their respective schools to fill in the forms for board examinations in Kashmir valley, where class work remained suspended in educational institutions since August 5, when the Centre scrapped Articles 370 and 35 A besides divided the State into two Union Territories.
Private schools through paid advertisements in local English and Urdu newspapers have directed students to collect assignments and video lessons.
Delhi Public School (DPL), Srinagar, in the advertisement said that students of class 7th, 8th,9th and 11th are informed to collect their assignments and video lessons today (Wednesday) between 0800 hrs to 1230 hrs.
“Carrying identity card is a must but uniform is not must,” it said. Other private schools have published similar notice in the newspapers for their respective students.
A number of schools have also directed teaching staff to attend their duties to prepare assignments and other class work.
Since all means of communication, including mobile phone and internet service of all Cellular companies, remained suspended for the past 31 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 and higher secondary schools published in local newspapers read.
Authorities closed all educational institutions as a precautionary measure since August 5, when Articles 370 and 35 A were scrapped by the Centre.
The Divisional authorities later ordered reopening of primary, middle and high schools in restriction free areas last week. However, students stayed away as their parents fear trouble since life remained crippled due to strike in the Valley.
The parents still are not ready to send their children to schools, alleging that situation is not conducive. The authorities said that Government took the decision to reopen schools so that education of children did not suffer. “It is now up to parents to take a call and send their children to schools,” the authorities said.
“We cannot bring the children to schools 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)