Schools in Kashmir, shut since the centre scrapped the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the state into two union territories, will open tomorrow. The re-opening of schools will take place as US President Donald Trump will reach India on a two-day visit.
The schools had been shut for five months ahead of the long winter vacation in view of the security situation. It was part of multiple precautionary measures taken by the centre following the big move.
The government in various announcements had reopened schools in phases. Only some schools were open however most students did not attend classes due to security reasons.
Director of School Education Mohammad Younis Malik told news agency IANS that all arrangements have been made to reopen schools after the biting cold. The timings for school in Srinagar will be 10 am to 3 pm while for others it will be 10.30 am to 3.30 pm.
"It's our responsibility to redouble efforts to get the school syllabus completed in time," he told IANS.
The field officers had been asked to visit schools regularly to monitor the follow-up of academic planner for timely accomplishment of set targets, he added.
On August 5 last year, the centre ended special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 and enforced severe restrictions to avoid any violent protest. Schools were shut, internet snapped and many politicians were detained. The government has since been restoring normalcy in the union territories under lockdown since August.
(With inputs from IANS)