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Last Updated: Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 16:24
Srinagar: With frequent appeals by various political parties to institutes, parents and students to resume normal education activities falling on deaf ears, the Jammu and Kashmir Department of Information has now stepped in to do its bit.

An advertisement issued in public interest by the Department of Information and Public Relations stating 'What does denying our children education ACHIEVE?' has been carried by almost all the local newspapers today.

"It is to set people thinking and remind them that the education sector has collapsed. It is just an advertisement.

The government instructed and we obeyed," an official said.

Protests coupled with strikes and curfew in the Valley for around two months have hit the education sector hard.

While the education department is resorting to stringent measures to bring education back on track, the separatists had earlier appealed the parents to educate their children at homes.

In a circular issued by the education department, the Deputy Commissioners have been asked to constitute monitoring squads at district, zonal-levels to monitor the attendance of teachers.

The circular issued on July 22 said that the teaching staff found unauthorisedly absent shall immediately be placed under suspension by the Chief Education Officers and the persons with highest qualification in the area shall be appointed in leave arrangement in their places for smooth conduct of the classes.

"The students should in their own interests attend the school regularly and devote their time for studies so that they are able to complete their syllabus and compete with others. The registration of private schools will be cancelled if they do not keep schools open. Our teams are monitoring the attendance of teachers frequently," Minister for Education and Public Enterprises Peerzada Mohammad Syeed said.

In a bid to minimise the loss suffered by the students, some of the schools in the Valley have also opted for e-lectures.

"Students are suffering a lot, particularly the ones who have to appear in board exams. We are frequently providing them with electronic lectures and home assignments so that they remain in touch with studies," Principal of Delhi Public School Srinagar K K Sharma said.

The 2010 education session which began in March brought in a large number of strikes, holidays, bandhs and curfews taking the total number of off days to 82 out of 148.

Following the killing of 17-year-old Tufail Ahmad Mattoo allegedly by police on June 11, the Valley witnessed a series of strikes, demonstrations and later curfew was clamped which disrupted normal life.


First Published: Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 16:24

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