By: Ahmad Shabir
Srinagar: In brazen violation of the government directive, a few private schools in Srinagar are functioning normally.
After the second Covid wave hit Jammu and Kashmir, all the educational institutions were shut and they continue to remain closed. Though the teachers of government schools have been conducting community classes in open air as directed by their higher ups, the private schools have been teaching the students through online mode only.
However a few schools in Srinagar are allegedly functioning normally with no regard for government directives.
Precious Kashmir learnt from many reputed schools in Sanat Nagar and Rawalpora areas are functioning normally as that of pre-Covid era.
Many parents whose wards are studying in one of these schools said that both the branches of the institute, boys and girls are functional.
“My child has been going to school for nearly one and a half month. Students are taught all the subjects every day there normally. Though for some months school management had opted for online classes but now students go to school normally with teachers attending all the classes,” said a parent.
These schools, Precious Kashmir learnt, also plies buses in some areas to pick and drop students.
“In Sanat Nagar and Rawalpora areas few reputed schools without having any regard for government directive are carrying out normal schooling. The management of these schools not only violate the government orders regarding closure of schools but also risk the lives of children for monetary gains,” sources said.
They wondered as to how the authorities can maintain a silence over some schools functioning normally.
“Authorities should ensure action against the management of these schools not only for violation but for risking lives of students as well,” a parent said.
He said that these schools are owned by the well connected people.
With experts predicting the possibility of 3rd Covid wave in October, administration has is hesitant to announce the reopening of schools across the UT.
“But one wonders how come these schools function in violation of the government directives despite the experts believing that the possible 3rd wave of Covid may affect the children,” said an official of the Education Department.
Precious Kashmir attempted to reach top authorities including DC Srinagar and director education for their version, however, none of them responded to calls from this news paper.