Educational institutes reopen

Educational institutes reopen
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Srinagar, Mar 13: All educational institutes, including schools and colleges, reopened in Kashmir valley on Tuesday after remaining closed on Monday as a precautionary measure in view of killing of three militants in Anantnag in the wee hours yesterday.
Meanwhile, the educational institutes reopened for the first time after remaining closed for more than two months of winter vacations in south Kashmir, where the students were eager to get to their schools after staying home for more than 10 weeks.
“All the educational institutes, including primary, middle, Higher Secondary Schools and colleges, have reopened on Tuesday across Kashmir valley,” official sources said.
Despite chilly weather conditions, students in the summer capital Srinagar — wearing colourful uniforms — were enthusiastic about attending their classes and meeting their friends and teachers at school. Meanwhile, the teachers were busy in welcoming the students at their respective schools.
“It is ironic that the schools which were suppose to reopen last week remained shut for all these days due to security situation. Something needs to be done about it as the career of the students and our future is dependent on the education of these kids,” Irfan Saleem, parent of a 4-year-old girl, said while waiting for his daughter’s school bus at Rainawari.
In a late night decision, the state government on Monday had authorized Deputy Commissioners (DCs) to take a final call whether educational institutes will remain closed or reopen in their respective districts on Tuesday in Kashmir valley.
Education Minister Syed Muhammad Altaf Bukhari had earlier on Monday said that all educational institutes, including schools and colleges, will remain closed for two more days as precautionary measures in Kashmir valley though there was no strike call by separatists.
All educational institutes were closed as precautionary measure on Monday in view of killing of three militants, including two locals — Eesa Fazli, a resident of Srinagar and Syed Owais of Kokernag in Anantnag — in an encounter with security forces in village Hakoora in Anantnag in the wee hours on Monday.