Kashmir Unrest: Schools may open after darbar move

Nagender Jamwal

The educational institutes in Kashmir Valley which are facing forceful closure since past more than three months are expected to reopen after government moves to Jammu.
According to sources, after shifting of darbar to winter capital (Jammu), the situation in Kashmir valley is believed to improve and then government has the chance to reopen the schools and if this would happen then government will cut down the winter vacations.
Sources said that the government is still not sure to reopen the schools in Kashmir valley and if it gets the success to reopen the schools in November then it will cut down the winter vacations. Sources said that government is very much sure the situation in the valley will be improved after shifting of the darbar to  the winter capital (Jammu), schools can be opened.
Earlier, the government had taken a sudden decision on July 20 to reopen the schools in Bandipora, Baramulla, Budgam and Ganderbal districts.
The response, however, was negative from both teachers and students due to continuous shutdowns and restrictions. Sources in education department said that department has the plans to reopen the schools from November 1, 2016 but nothing can be said as the situation is uncertain.If we are successful in reopening the schools
from November, we might cut short the vacation this year because a lot of time has already been wasted.
The winter vacation in the Valley starts in the second week of December and lasts for nearly two and a half months depending on the weather, sources said.
If the schools fail to reopen any time sooner, then it is certain that the students will lose full 7-8 months of their regular class work.
The priority for the government was to conduct the Board exams of Class X and XII as scheduled as uncertainty loomed over the situation with the separatist shutdown call extended till October 27.
The department is focusing on conducting the exams of Class X and XII on the scheduled dates and after that it will conduct the exams of other classes in December if everything goes according to the plan. The relaxation in syllabus will be announced in a few days for the students of Class X and XII, sources added.
The schools in the Valley are lying shut since July following the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani.

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