Jammu and Kashmir: Govt preparing to open all schools in UT from March 1

Jammu and Kashmir: Govt preparing to open all schools in UT from March 1

The Jammu and Kashmir government is preparing to open all the schools in the Union Territory from March 1. However, the schools for students of elementary classes will reopen from March 8 onwards.

A team of officials from education department have been visiting schools across Jammu and Kashmir to monitor the facilities within schools. The team was formed to note any short comings before reopening of schools and then report them to the senior officials.

A school teacher in Kupwara, Bashir Ahmad, said “Yes a team visited our school and took pictures of class rooms and discussed opening of schools with us and arrangements to be made in the schools.”

One more team of officials will be visiting the schools before reopening them.

As per the government notification, teachers of elementary classes (up to class 8) were instructed to attend the schools from March 1 for the preparations. The students on the other hand were told to physically attend the classes March 8.

The educational institutions were shut across the valley, due to the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic. Last week, colleges in Kashmir opened after almost 11 months. The colleges saw a lot of hustle bustle as the students were very excited to attend their classes after so long. Inorder to follow the Covid-19 protocols, the authorities have decided to conduct the classes of different semesters on a rotational basis.

The administration of the institutions has put proper SOPs in the campus. The SOP’s includes use of hand sanitisers, infrared thermometers and proper social distancing in class rooms.

Private schools have started organising parent teacher meetings for opening the schools. Khursheed Ahmad who runs a private school, said, “We will follow the proper guidelines and maintain the SoP’s as we cant comprise with the safety of students.”

Last year in March, Jammu and Kashmir Government closed all academic institutions, including schools, colleges and universities, across the Union Territory. This was done to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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