Schools may cut short winter vacation to compensate Student’s loss due to Unrest

The state government is considering reducing the winter vacation in the Valley this year to compensate the losses faced by the students due to five-month-long unrest.
Director of School Education Kashmir (DSEK) Aijaz Ahmad Bhat said due to five months of loss in regular classes, the regular work of students would continue till December-end.
“For now we will try to keep the schools open at least until the end of December for all classes or till the weather allows us. For students of IX to XII we may continue the classes in winter months to compensate the losses,” the official said.
He said the department would ensure proper heating arrangements in the schools for the higher classes for whom the classes would be held during the winter months.
“Things will also depend on the weather. So far, there is no decision on winter vacation,” he added.
The schools in the Valley are shut since July 9 following the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani. The shutdowns called by separatists’ leaders for more than four months now have not exempted schools from closure. The students have not been able to attend their classes except for the two days last week when the Hurriyat group led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani gave two-day full relaxation in the protest calendar.
With the improvement in the situation, the government as well as private schools have slowly started holding classes.
The Private Schools Association Kashmir (PSAK) led by GN Var has also urged the government not to announce winter vacation without taking in confidence private schools and the parents.
“We cannot have more holidays and I assure you proper heating arrangements in the private schools. We will continue the classes till weather allows us,” Var said.
In normal situation, the schools in the Valley remain close for three months in winter from December 15 and open during the first week of March. However, this year in wake of the unrest the government is trying to find ways to compensate students’ loss.

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