New Delhi: Despite assurance from Jammu and Kashmir administration that all necessary arrangements were put in place to ensure safety and security of the students, the jittery parents in the Valley avoided sending their children to schools. After 15 days of lockdown in the Valley, a fraction of schools and government offices reopened today after the administration stated that curbs were being lifted in phased manner to avoid any untoward incident over the Narendra Modi-led government’s decision to abrogate Article 370, 35 A of constitution which grants special status to the Valley.
If reports are to be believed, there was minimal attendance in all schools except Kendriya Vidyalayas and the Police Public School in Bemina. However, teachers were present in most of the schools, reports claimed.
“I can’t send my children to school. The situation is not conducive and I can’t take a risk,” Abdul Aziz, a resident of Maharajpora in Batamaloo told a news agency.
On Sunday, the Jammu and Kashmir administration had said that 190 primary schools would reopen its door on Monday and assured parents that it has made all necessary arrangements to ensure safety and security of their children. “As many as 190 schools will reopen in various zones of the district. The areas where schools will be opened include Lasjan, Sangri, Panthachowk, Nowgam, Rajbagh, Jawahar Nagar, Gagribal, Dhara, Theed, Batmaloo and Shalteng,”an official spokesperson had said.
A senior state official had asserted that children’s education has suffered heavily in the past 13 days. “We are confident that return of children to classrooms is necessary, because their education has suffered heavily in the past 13 days. We will organise extra classes in schools so that the students are able to cover their course on time,”a senior state official had stated.
Notably, the clampdown was imposed in J&K on August 4, a day before both the Houses of the Parliament passed the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2019, and adopted the resolution to scrap Article 370 and Article 35A, paving way for bifurcation of the state into two Union Territories (UTs) — Jammu and Kashmir with an Assembly and Ladakh sans one.