Srinagar schools see healthy participation after four months

SRINAGAR: The students went to more than a dozen private in Srinagar Thursday for the first time in 116 days, even when at least one prominent institution closed during the winter before normal hours.

The rumor returned to Presentation Convent, Tyndale-Biscoe, Mallinson Girls 'School and the Burn Hall Boys' School missionary school, although with some self-imposed restrictions for student safety. According to some parents, they have been advised not to send their pupils dressed in the school uniform.

Traveling to and from the campuses of the residential area also remains a challenge in the absence of school and urban buses. The unofficial word is that parents should send their children to school only if they can organize private transportation.

DPS Srinagar has declared an early winter vacation, taking many parents by surprise. I don't know why DPS has chosen to remain closed from now till March when classes have just resumed in most of the private schools, said Basharat Wani, whose son hasn't been to the picturesque Athwajan campus since August.

All schools and other educational institutions have missed almost four months of classes, although they have been officially open since September. The forced closure had begun on August 5, when J&K went into blockade before the annulment of articles 370 and 35A of the Constitution.

While teaching staff have been reporting for duty for more than two months, it wasn't until Thursday that the classrooms came alive. All this while, I would occasionally visit my ward's school in downtown Srinagar to collect assignments or submit the worksheets. When I last went there a week ago, I was told that normal classes would resume, said Hilal Bhat, the father of a Boy in high school.

Some institutions have chosen to teach for two days a week and see how it goes. A director who did not want to be named said Thursday was a test case and that a decision would soon be made on whether to reopen full time. We decided to run the school twice a week after talking with parents. Everyone was happy with the decision, he said. We could ask our students to come with their uniform after a week or so.