Joy as Kashmiri pupils return to schools after winter break

BK Correspondent/Srinagar
March 2, 2017 TOP STORIES 398 Views
Joy as Kashmiri pupils return to schools after winter break

Schools opened in Kashmir valley on Wednesday after over two-month-long winter break.
The schools were closed for winter vacation in December last year.
Earlier, the schools were closed for six months due to uprising triggered by July 8 killing of militant commander Burhan Wani.
Schools in the Valley were closed due to repeated disruptions in the academic calendar due to the unrest and the subsequent winter break.
City routes also witness heavy rush of school buses besides other vehicles, including three-wheelers, carrying students, a scene which was missing since December 17 last year when authorities announced winter break upto class 8th standard.
However, winter vacation for class 9th to 12th started from December 24.
Despite fresh rainfall, which brought down the temperatures, children dressed in their uniforms made their way to schools to resume the learning process which was severely affected by the unrest last year.
School Education department officials said that the schools have reopened as per schedule while hoping the situation would remain peaceful in the valley, so that the students’ valuable academic time is not lost again.
However, the schools in some of the snow-bound areas of north Kashmir including Gurez, Machhil, Tangdhar and Keran will remain closed till March 12 in view of apprehensions of avalanches and landslides, the official said.
The schools in these areas will reopen on March 13.
While classes up to 8th standard observed winter break from December 17, last year, the winter vacation for classes from 9th to 12th standard started from December 24.
The schools in Kashmir Valley lost almost six months of the academic year due to the unrest last year which was triggered by the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist BurhanWani in an encounter with security forces in July last year.
As there was no let-off in the separatist-sponsored shut downs in the Valley, the state government announced mass promotion for all students to the next level except for 10th and 12th standard students who appeared in annual board examinations in November last year.
The results for both the classes were declared in January this year.
The authorities later announced mass promotion from Class first to 11th class, barring tenth class to compensate the students who could not attend their classes during unrest.
However, class tenth and 12th Board of School Education (BOSE) examinations were conducted though students were given choice and some relief in syllabus.
Students who were not ready to appear in the examinations in November-December last year were given a choice to appear in March examinations.
According to official figures, 10,400 schools will reopen today after the vacations.

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