chools in Kashmir reopened on Monday after remaining closed for nearly one year.
The students of classes 9 to 12 attended school for the first time since March 9, 2020.
During the government imposed Covid-19 lockdown, the education sector was crippled, as schools and colleges remained shut throughout the Valley.
Only those students were allowed to attend school who had been granted permission in writing by their parents.
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Subsequently, in December, a three-month-long winter break was announced in schools. Later, universities, colleges and various other academic institutions underwent a long winter break.
There are almost 11,633 educational institutes across Kashmir and the total number of students enrolled in studies up till the higher secondary level touches 100,000.
“These children are the torch bearers of our ideals. It’s a bright sign that children, even though after losing a year of their education, are once again back to school,” said Mohd Taskeen, a father of two children.
According to a government order, middle school level classes (6th to 8th standards) are scheduled to reopen on March 8 while remaining classes are slated to reopen on March 18.
Speaking about the arrangements and efforts put in the by the administration, officials in school education department said, “All arrangements have been put in place to restart the session. Teachers have been directed to work with dedication for building capacities of students for the betterment of their future.”