Winter vacation likely to be extended in wake of swine flu, bad weather



SRINAGAR: Director of School Education Kashmir (DSEK) is mulling to extend winter vacations in schools, taking into considerations the swine flu outbreak and bad weather condition in the region. DSEK has written a letter to the health authorities, seeking their advice on the extension of winter vacations after swine flu outbreak.

“We have sent a letter to health department, and sought their advice on whether it is safe to open schools in Kashmir in wake of the swine flu scare,” Director DSEK, Showket Beigh, said. DSEK will also take into consideration the bad weather conditions in Kashmir before deciding on the extension of winter vacations in schools which are scheduled to open on February 23. Directorate of Health has sought permission from Commissioner Secretary Health before issuing an advisory to DSEK on the extension of vacations in Kashmir.

The temperatures dropped further in Kashmir due to fresh snowfall on Thursday and the continuation of rains for the fourth consecutive day. “The weather conditions will also be taken into consideration before taking any decision on the extension of vacations in schools,” Beigh said. Kashmir’s top hospital, Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) on Wednesday issued an advisory, in which they appealed people to avoid congested places and close contacts with people.