Srinagar: Donning uniforms after nearly six months, hundreds of students on Monday turned up at their schools that re-opened across the Kashmir Valley after remaining shut due to the deadly virus (Covid-19).
All arrangements were put in place for the students of Class 9 to 12, to attend schools, officials said.
schools reopening tomorrow not for regular classes but consultation” by volunteer secondary students on consent of parents with 50% teachers on roster as per MHA lockdown 4 guidelines & Min of health & FW protocols conveyed by chief secretary & circulated to Dcs/ directors/ ceos pic.twitter.com/nlnGG679LB
— Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon IAS (@AsgarSamoon) September 20, 2020
The students were happy to be back at the schools after remaining home all these months.
It is a good feeling to be back at the school, to attend my class, in fact a new class, after so many months, said Zubair Mushtaq, a class 12 student.
The Ministry of Home Affairs allowed states to reopen schools from September 21 under Unlock4 guidelines after almost six months.
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It was also clearly mentioned that reopening of Schools is voluntary and not mandatory amid rising Covid-19 cases in the country. The States had the authority take a final call on resuming classes from September 21, only for classes 9-12.
The decision of the government to reopen the schools came under sharp criticism from opposition parties, including the National Conference and the Congress, who questioned the rationale behind the opening of school from classes 9 to 12 amid the pandemic.
Pertinently, All the Schools were closed in March this year due to outbreak of coronavirus pandemic which has impacted the lives of students drastically as virtual classes replaced traditional classrooms and mass promotion was done for a few classes, several exams were deferred.