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Opening of schools in Kashmir in March major test for govt 

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Wahid Bhat | Srinagar

On March 1 this year, most of the schools in Kashmir will open for the first time after eight months of closure which would be a big test for the administration towards bringing complete normalcy in Kashmir.
Earlier in August, schools and colleges in Kashmir valley were closed after the announcement of reorganization of Jammu and Kashmir. Although the government had announced the opening of schools in a phased manner, a large number of schools in the Valley remained closed. 

Due to this the attendance was very less. Despite all these challenges, the administration was completely successful in organizing the annual examinations in October and November. More than 99 percent of the students took the annual examinations. Winter holidays were declared thereafter.

Now schools will open in Kashmir on March 1 after recess. Students and parents are also waiting for the schools to open. Due to regular extra classes in some schools, however, it was for the first time that the schools remained partially open even during the winter season. 

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The administration has made all the arrangements for this. The aim of the administration is not to give any kind of opportunity to anti-social elements. Parents are eager to send children to school.
Local resident Basharat said that a lot of studies have already been affected. Children are studying in their homes. We do not want to disrupt children’s education further. Many people in Kashmir continue their studies in Jammu during the winter vacation. 

Now these people are returning to their homes. Government administration and school education department have started arrangements to open schools for children. 

An administrative official said that the schools will open on time and the administration is making arrangements for this. It is our effort to make the children’s education smooth.
The winter vacation in Kashmir schools was announced on December 10 and the schools are now set to open on March 1. The closure of schools in the last six months has kept the uncertainties afloat and their opening to a large extent would help in bringing the normalcy in the region.

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In August and September last year, despite the government’s announcements of asking students to attend schools, they stayed away due to the safety reasons.

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