Kashmir schools re-open after eight months


Srinagar, March 1: Most of the schools in the Kashmir Valley re-opened on Wednesday almost after eight months as students re-united with friends, giving educational institutions a joyful ambience.

Schools in Kashmir were shut after the unrest following the killing of Hizbul leader Burhan Wani on July 8 last year.

Hundreds of people were killed and thousands injured by the security forces during massive protests across Kashmir during the unrest.

Despite attempts by authorities, the schools remained shut during the unrest.


Parents did not allow the move as they showed concern about the security of their children and the separatists had opposed it saying it was the government’s roundabout way to bring normalcy in the Valley.

When the unrest ended, winter set in the Valley and the authorities announced the traditional winter vacation in schools that ended on Wednesday.

Although the schools were shut but the board examinations of Class 10 and Class 12 were conducted amid tight security.

Life in Srinagar seemed to have been jolted out of the winter slumber as laughter and clatter of school children brought merriment to cities and towns here.

Parents hoped the academic atmosphere would remain peaceful this year so that students could make up for the loss.

“Accompanying my son to the bus stop to wait for the school bus was an experience I missed for over
seven months.

“I pray the situation remains normal this year so that my son goes to school and lives a normal childhood. He should be able to compete with students outside the Valley”, said Sajad Ahmad, 45, whose son is a student of the Burnhall School here.

‘Ghost’ of Hurriyat remains, Students yet apprehensive

Education has become an indispensable part of human life. In present time, an individual who’d lack education can feel himself reduced to only biological life without an individual voice, thus making him virtually inexistent.
Kashmir Valley has been gripped by violence, curfews and political storm. The pristine vista of the valley is engulfed in the persistent fog of tension. But it seems the roots of Hurriyat are so deep, that the children have to adjust their careers and ambitions suitably to the Hurriyat programme.

U4UVoice talked to students in the early hours of school. Astonishingly, a 10th class student had to adjust her expression in conformity to the Hurriyat. She said, “I feel good having come to school after 10 months but I plead Hurriyat to adjust their calendar (hartal schedule) in such a way that our school education doesn’t suffer.” It is confounding to see a young student, with an intellect still taking shape, under the tutelage of Hurriyat. She added, “If Hurriyat is able to schedule its calendar in a way that it doesn’t disturb their schedule, they’d be able to take part in the Hurriyat movement as well as complete school studies”. The Hurriyat tendency to mould the docile minds in order to achieve its ulterior motive is blatantly visible from this instance.

Another student said, “I am very happy. We have been at a loss because of continuous hartals. We have been lacking in syllabus, our education has suffered. It feels good to be back to school, to meet my friends again.” The despair and longing to meet friends again was over, she looked quietly happy.