Kashmir schools, colleges reopen; attendance low  

Schools, colleges and universities reopened on Wednesday after they were continued to remain shut for over sixty days in the wake of the Centre making Article 370 inoperable. The government had issued order to this effect on October 2.

Reports suggest that from morning, teachers and professors were seen going to schools and colleges but yet again a very thin attendance was witnessed in Srinagar. Those who came to schools were spotted without uniform and had come to inquire about the upcoming exams and assignments. Officials said the attendance was low because there is still fear of violence and parents do not want to take chance.

Divisional Commissioner of Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan had directed all Deputy Commissioners and concerned officers across the valley to make sure that all universities and colleges, including private universities of the Kashmir Division, should be opened by Wednesday. The Divisional Commissioner gave these directions while chairing a high-level meeting to review logistic arrangements and modalities for opening all educational institutions of the Valley.

Following Khan’s directive all government schools as well as private institutions up to higher secondary level, in the valley opened on October 3. Medical colleges and dental colleges in the Valley have already been functioning smoothly and their students have also appeared for exams without any issue.

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