Schools in the Kashmir Valley, which have been closed since August 5, 2019, have opened after nearly six months of lockdown and winter break.
Several months later, the girls and boys arrived in their schools wearing uniforms. In addition to resuming school, the students were all eager to meet their friends and said their prayer for the schools not to close again.
There are 11,633 educational institutions in the Kashmir Valley, including 810 middle schools, 247 high schools and 37 higher secondary schools.
In the 2019-2020 session, ten lakh students were enrolled in High Secondary School, comprising 5.29 lakh boys and 4.74 lakh girls. However, the shutdowns and winter vacations have gone on for seven months.
It is now the students’ hope that their session will be conducted properly.
Thousands of schools in the valley were closed on August 5, 2019 when the central government ended the special status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
The Jammu and Kashmir administration tried to reopen the schools in October 2019, but the students did not attend. At the time, the situation was so tense, buses were not traveling on the roads or mobile phones were not working properly.
Parents do not send their children to schools for fear that they will be caught in violence.