Govt all set to ‘reopen’  educational institutions in valley

Nagender Jamwal

The central government is mulling to reopen all the educational institutions of the Kashmir Valley, which remained shut for past more than two months.

Central government asserted that normalcy should be brought back within a week and school and other educational institutions should function as students are worst sufferers during the prolonged turmoil.

Sources said, “Attempts should also be made to reopen shops and other commercial establishments, which were shut completely, the prevailing situation in Kashmir as well as along the border and the steps taken to bring back normalcy in the state.”

Instructions were also given to security forces and education department to reopen the schools and other educational institutions in the valley and complete the pending syllabus of students within time at any cost, sources said.

Sources said, “Due to this ongoing unrest, the students are the worst sufferers and now the time has come to make normalcy back in the valley and students re-start their educations.”

Education institutions which were closed for the annual summer break on July 1 across the valley. The break, due to end on July 17, is extended to July 25 following the unrest. No one really knows when the schools will reopen. It’s a blind alley for around 15 lakh students.

According to the figures by Directorate of Education School Kashmir (DSEK), there are 11,766 government and 2,610 private schools in Kashmir. The total enrollment in all these schools is over about 15 lakh.

The unrest had started following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani on 8 July.  So far, 75 people lost their lives in the 65 days of turmoil.

Earlier on Sunday, Union home minister directed the security forces to go after those instigating youths to indulge in violence Jammu and Kashmir and try to bring back normalcy in the state within a week.

The directive was given during an hour-long meeting the home minister had with top security officials, including National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, besides others.

Sources said the home minister conveyed that the security forces must go after the instigators of the violence in Kashmir Valley and book them as they continue to disrupt normal life.

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