FIRST DAY AT SCHOOL: Of hugs, tears and endless chatter
Feb 24: Donning spick-and-span school uniform with identity card dangling down
her neck, Zainab, a 3rd standard student, could not hide her excitement to meet
her friends after six months hiatus.
sooner the bus arrived, her eyes gleamed with happiness and she let go of her
father’s hand to start her journey. Running through the aisle, she stopped near
her friend’s seat and held her in embrace. It was an emotional reunion of two
friends. Tears rolled down as fellow students and teachers watched them
reliving their memories of almost seven months.
have not seen my classmates for the last many days. I did not even have phone
contact with them,” Zainab exclaimed with joy.
father, Basharat Ahmad said she was eagerly waiting for Monday to join school
and meet her friends. “We hope 2020 will prove productive for students,” he
across the valley reopened on Monday after remaining shut for nearly seven
months following the abrogation of Article 370. Though the government had later
ordered reopening of schools in a phased manner, it proved a nonstarter with
students preferring to stay home
Ishtiaq, a teacher at reputed missionary school in Srinagar said they had given
a new makeover to the classrooms to welcome the students “We have given a new
makeover to classrooms. We decorated walls with charts so that the students
should feel enthusiastic about coming to school after almost seven months,” she
School Education Kashmir, Dr Younis Malik said attendance rate of students was
high across the valley.
were excited about their schools. I visited some middle and higher secondary
schools in Shopian and other snowbound areas and was pleased to see that
teachers and students were passionate to meet after a long break,” Dr Younis
the day, Dr Malik visited various schools of south and central Kashmir and
expressed his satisfaction over the arrangements put in place for the
resumption of academic activities in the educational institutions.
was accompanied by District Development Commissioner Shopian, Choudary Mohammad
Yaseen and Chief Education Officer Shopian Mohammad Mushtaq.
Director visited Government HSS Heerpora, Shopian, Girls HSS Shopian and BHS
with the students, he urged them to focus on their studies, work for the
betterment of their future and for welfare of the Society.
Director also interacted with the teachers and emphasized upon them to work
with dedication. He asked the Heads of the Institutions to maintain cleanliness
in their institutions.