Schools to remain open during winter in Kashmir Valley

For the benefit of students who lost three crucial months of education as violent protests overwhelmed the Kashmir Valley during summer, the Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to keep schools open in winter.

Last Updated: Nov 22, 2010, 13:26 PM IST

Jammu: For the benefit of students who lost three crucial months of education as violent protests overwhelmed the Kashmir Valley during summer, the Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to keep schools open in winter.

"We have decided to keep High and Higher Secondary schools open for one to two months out of the winter holidays
period to compensate the loss of education to students in the
Kashmir Valley during the agitation," State Education Minister
Peerzada Mohmmad Sayeed said.

"The students of 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th standards will
be taught the syllabus which they could not complete due to
the three-month long agitation in the Valley," he said.

Sayeed, who is the brain behind this plan, said heating
facilities would be provided to the students and teachers in
order to keep classes going on during the chilly winter
months.

"Nearly Rs 6 crores would be spent on providing heating
facilities to these schools. A project seeking funds in this
regard has been sent to the Chief Minister," he said.
The state`s Education Ministry, which took the bold step
during the agitation to reopen schools with full support of
students and parents in particular, was instrumental in
breaking the cycle of violent agitation in the Kashmir Valley,
Peerzada said.

"Reopening of the schools was a setback to the elements
opposed to peace and progress in Kashmir. Parents, students
and the common man in the Valley felt suffocated by the
agitation," the minister said.
"I thank parents and students for their courage to help
us in saving this academic session," he said.

PTI