Shift wise classes, no assembly: Stage set to reopen schools in Kashmir from June

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Srinagar: The government is mulling to reopen schools from the first week of June to prevent further academic loss to the students in the Kashmir valley.

Principal Secretary, School Education, Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon told The Kashmir Monitor that the government has ordered to complete the renovation of the schools by the end of this month and start classes from June.

 

“We are planning to throw schools open in the first week of June to prevent further academic loss to the students,” he said.

Besides, he said virtual classes, tele-classes, and radio lectures will continue until schools reopen. “We have also distributed around 60 thousand books to the students and 1200 tablets loaded with offline video lectures. All the required study material will be given to the students who don’t have access to the smartphones,” he added.

In a government order accessed by The Kashmir Monitor, Samoon has directed all the heads of the institutions to whitewash all the school buildings belonging to the school education department before the opening of schools.

“The school buildings will be whitewashed out of the maintenance fund earmarked in the budget 2020-2021,” the order read.  

An official of the school education department said the decision to reopen schools has been taken keeping in mind the slow internet connectivity. However, it also depends on the situation arising due to COVID-19.

Private Schools Association, President, G N Var said “dark clouds are looming large over the future of the students”. “4G internet is a distant dream. There is no other option other than to open schools and support the initiative of the government,” he said.

Var said that they have discussed a plan to operate schools and follow the guidelines strictly keeping in mind the COVID-19 situation.

“Schools will open phase-wise and classes will operate shift wise. Students will not be allowed to assemble in schools. The health of students will be a priority.  Every class will have a common sanitizer and students will be advised to maintain social distancing,” he said.

On March 7, the government ordered the closure of primary schools in the valley which was later followed by the middle, high and higher secondary schools to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

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  1. Unsatisfied with your decision… Its quiet impossible to maintain social distance in school. I don’t think that parents would allow their children to go and get infected (God Forbid)…

  2. Its a baseless decision. A Kashmiri phrase ” chaki rostuy photh” defines betterly this dumb decision. This opening of skool is just an initiative ‘ TO DESTROY KASHMIR’ S NEXT GEN ‘ by government of INDIA or OFFICIALS. Who the hell will let his/her child go to skool right now in this situation. It should be noted that NOT IN A SINGLE STATE OF INDIA, THIS INITIATIVE HAS BEEN TAKEN. Other than JK, the so called UT. Now remains the question that, education is must in Kashmir. So i must 😂😂😂.. Cuz this is u know very funny kind of talk as in last 3 years, internet was totally restricted for 10 months. 1stly in 2016 and then in 2019. Uss time par koi padhai nahi thi kya? Tab kahan the? 🤬.
    And yah let me introduce my self I’m myself a student of 11TH standard.

  3. I think it is totally a senseless decision….If there will be any infected student ,the whole school will get infected and in turn it will involve oll….If govt. is trying to reopen schools ,then what is the problem beyond releasing 4G….
    We can’t take risk ….

  4. I think schools should be reopened after June cause keeping the impact of covid 19
    In mind is increasing presently

  5. Wth i am a student myself and i wanna say a metaphor Ek machli pura pani ko ganda kardati hai
    Means if 1 is infected all r going to get infected and it’s all gonna happen bcz of the government remember y u closed school in the first place to contain the virus and now wht r u doing u all r out of ur senses just being at ur home and giving deadly orders

  6. The government does not want to release 4G internet services out of the BJP hate , so the official puppets have decided to put the young ones in harms way.

  7. Its a good news for all the kashmiri students because we are totally apart from studies almost past one year we will follow guidelines and in sha allah
    Everything will be alright

  8. Not a sensible decision. The lives and health of our children are more important than the education this time. Govt should restore 4G in valley…
    I will not let my kid go school…

    1. No, in Kashmir,Education is more important than health that’s why the government is not restroring 4G and it didn’t care about the future of Kashmiri students when Article 370 was abrogated 😠. And obviously educated Kashmiris are a threat to national security and it will promote terrorist activities in the valley.

  9. I am a student and I think it is a good decision by the highest authority to reopen school I suggest that only higher education should be reopened not the primary education
    It is my suggestion.

    1. Yeah it’s good to go to school but don’t u have any sence if 1 is infected all r gonna get infected how do u know which 1 is not infected in 1000’s of students in a school think before u say something if u were the education minister bcz of u all the students and there parents and their neighbours and there relative were gonna get infected 🤣😠

  10. Itz totally a senseless and illogical decision.Govt should reconsider the said decision.And if the govt is really concerned about the future of student community ,then they should make efforts to keep high speed internet connectivity available to our children so they too can avail the benefits and oppurtunities ..

  11. It is a total senseless desicion as it is a Pendemic Crisis.
    What about small kids who don’t have the sense of social distancing and cleanliness. They will mingle with other kids and one never knows who is infected.
    Those parents are MAD who will send their children to school because our children’s health is most important.

  12. Who will prefer educational gain over risk to lives .if they r so much concerned about education they should first of all give online training to teachers to adapt to post covid-19 teaching strategies.Many teachers training programmes were halted due to pandemic ,they should provide online trainings to teachers in concerned programmes rather than providing these trainings during academic period.

  13. This is not a good decision taken……schools should not be reopen till the covid-19 is totally in control…what about small kids who don’t know about social distances between two or more people…….the don’t know…it should not be ope…best thing was to have online classes for kids..and open 4g internet if you people care for Kashmir students….

  14. Reopening schools z not good decision.We should give first priority to health of students n other facility members.

  15. Total foolishness, our govt.wants to show their existence to hide their failure as the are not able to reach to the poor people. Health is counted first then comes education. Is this possible to keep 5he social distance in schools? Not at all! So kindly think before doing it. Better to reach people who are in need of food and other medical facilities…
    Make medical facilities to every nook and corner of the state. When every soul will be healthy then only the state can rise…
    Kindly give a thought….
    Hope for the best…
    Allah bless our universe and help us to come out from the dangerous pandemic…
    Aameen….

    1. Great .first time I have read a comment where a person is concerned about well being of whole universe rather than a particular sect
      Hats off to u.

  16. I think that decision taken by the administration is not appropriate for the minors.we should wait for one more month after that situation may be favourable for all also that first priority should be given for health.

  17. Not a right decision.It could be postponed to such a day when the safety of students will be there.Meanwhile on line classes can be organized.From the comments from a number of people,it seems that KASHMIRIS are really intelligent and conscientious.IN DELHI AT PATPARGANJ MUSLIMS OFFER NAMAZ IN HUNDREDS WITHOUT MASKS WHICH IS NOT GOOD.PLEASE ALSO DON’T ALLOW NAMAZ IN MOSQUES AND THAT TOO IN CONGREGATION.PAMDEMIC IS VERY DANGEROUS.

  18. I,m a student. I think it’s not a good decision to reopen the school in valley by watching the current situation..why the govt didn’t restore 4g in valley instead of reopening of school in this dangerous pandemic…

  19. It’s not a wise decision. What about small kids who don’t have the sense of social distancing and cleanliness. They will mingle with other kids and one never knows who is infected.

  20. It is a total senseless desicion as it is a Pendemic crisis. We should be more curious and responsible day by day. This should be very serious. As far as academic session and other commercial ativities in Kashmir are concerened then often get struck by situation like these wether its a pendemic, or any other volatile situation which distrubs normal classwork of every sector here, we are used to it. So we also have that strength to takle it back. So opening schools as this time, its n mass life at stake. We students have already lost 7 months and then after a gap of 1 month then again 4 months now. Its not new to us. Appropriate measures are required to coup it up and steady the flow. So exicutive desicion making should be their to prevent waste of a huge academic loss keeping in veiw the health of all staff, students or who ever is associated with it.

  21. It is a total senseless desicion as it is a Pendemic crisis. We should be more curious and responsible day by day. This should be very serious. As far as academic session and other commercial ativities in Kashmir are concerened then often get struck by situation like these wether its a pendemic, or any other volitle situation which distrubs normal classwork of every sector here, we are used to it. So we also have that strength to takle it back. So need to open schools as this time its n mass life at stake. We studenta have already lost 7 months of and then after a gap of 1 month then agqin 4 months now. Its not new to us. Appropriate measures are required to coup it up and steady the flow. So exicutive desicion making sholhd be their to prevent waste of a huge academic loss keeping in veiw the bealth of all staff, students or who ever is associated with it.

  22. In my opinion this is a wrong desicion to mulle schools by the higher authorities, first wait for sometime more and think of 4G restoration in J&K UT Online/Offline classes are doing well so, it will be not wise to reopen the schools

  23. I am a Teacher .My Openion is when there is no further positive case of covid-19 in the valley, then govt. should re-open the schools besides restoration if 4G Net at this crucial time.

  24. I think this is not a good idea in the present scenario, because if something serious happens who will be the responsible for that, It’s better to wait and begin.
    If schools will reopen in the month of June during the pendemic this will be the big blunder of Administration.

  25. Not a good decision we need not to be in that much of hurry which later may be disastrous. Just wait for the suitable situation to come n until then use Online system.

  26. Nobody wll take the risk at least about their kids,unless and until the threat of pandemic is over. Education is important but not more than life.

  27. Completely wrong decisions.Nobody wll take the risk at least about their kids,unless and until the threat of pandemic is over. Education is important but not more than life.

  28. Government must wait for Pandemic to reduce or medical treatment is available.

    Nothing is more important than well being of the children.

    Children can be given some tasks at home, like learning life skills such as Cooking, Developing Art and Handicraft, Creative Writing, Effective Communication,which will help them in their professional and personal lives. These skills can be taught by parents and seniors at home.

    Even self reliance lessons like Cleaning your own utensils, washing cloths particularly for boys can be given , which will help them to make self reliant in case they are away from.home and get stuck in situation like this pandemic, where everything is closed.

    A Pune based school has already asked their students to perform household work and send photos while working to their respective teachers.

    Loss of 6 months of academic period can be recovered in next 2 academic years by adjusting the academic calendar..

  29. Online and offline classes are to be geared up, reopening of schools may change the controlled situation into a disaster. Haste makes waste. Life is more precious than education

  30. What are You doing didt u listen what the AIIMS director told that june/july will be the peak of COVID 19 what a senseless decision is this if any untoward incident happen who will be responsible we didt have proper infrastructure in hospitals will u plz follow 4G restoration .Online classes are much better than you senseless decision.

  31. Looks like authorities are out of their mind. Me as a parent say there is no need to open schools. Wait for a year dont play with childs life. Let them take a break or study at home. What good will happen if they go to school. Try to understand 1 year break or threat of virus fo little kids i think wise decision is to wait for this thing to get over or this academic year. Later decide for shift wise classes. When it comes to life school are having low priority…

  32. I think dis ix totallly wrong decision which has been made by Govt….. this vll b most dangerous for school students to go schoool during the covid 19 pendamec …bt it ix true students have loss a lot …for this administration should give online classses to students

    1. Decision taken in Hurry! Unless and until the threat of pandemic COVID-19 is over schools should not reopen. The decision be revoked. Perhaps no parent will put the life of his child in danger.

  33. Seriously….loss of academics will be fulfilled by putting students life in danger….it’s better to continue classes online and you can take T1 and T2 exams on shift basis, That will be sensible.

  34. MR PRINCIPAL SECRETARY can you please tell the parents who will be responsible for the life of their children who give you the right to put at risk the life of lakhs of students . INDEED IT IS ONE OF THE MAJOR WRONG DECISIONS WHICH WILL BE REMEMBERED BY THE PEOPLE

  35. The corona has shaken the world.our administr is acting childishly in a haste. And are they washing white corana virus,only in their deams.They are risking the lives of our children.Poor administration should increase internet speed instead!

  36. Its not a good decision on the part of the students .it has been found that the school children are more vulnerable group to infections diseases as it is not easy to control their behavior .Besides in UT there is not healthcare manpower like school health nurses and medical officers in the schools as if we can see in other developed countries. Proper and timely screening and the treatment of the diseases among the school children are being done by these health workers
    So once again I think the issue should be addressed and proper modification should be made in which the benefits and welfare needs of the students should be met
    .

  37. Well I am a student and in my point of view online classes did not prove understanding but still health comes first and they should rethink this decision……

  38. Very bad decision,,,coz heath should be given first preference over education as we all are aware about the increasing number of covid 19 cases in Kashmir as well as in whole India,, so government should once again review the decision.

  39. If it’s about the academic loss then it’s a great decision but only when hygiene and precautions are considered at it’s best otherwise it can lead to total choas

    1. Well I am a student and in my point of view online classes did not prove understanding but still health comes first and they should rethink this decision……

    2. Don’t u have kids idiot and don’t u have any sence it’s covid 19 days not strike day what do think u will show virus the school card to let u leave

  40. New evidence suggests Corona affects children and adults badly. Plus second wave of corona is coming soon in June/July . This is an irresponsible announcement by UT administration . Govt has failed in containing Corona. Can someone tell what is the status of healthcare infrastructure in Valley to meet any eventuality . How many district hospitals in valley are equipped by ventilators? How many healthcare workers have PPEs? Will they also provide PPEs to students? What if our children get infected? Loss will be of Parents , Kashmir Administration will not loose anything.

  41. Not a good idea in the present scenario. If something serious happens who will be responsible. Its better to wait and begin. No haste should be done. If required syllabus may be truncated.

  42. Who is going to check students before entry to the classes. Do you think we have such a vast medical staff. What about the figure of twenty students, does this number fit within the ambit of social distancing. OK, leave assembly, how will be the issues like sharing the common lunch room, boarding the students in the buses be taken care…..

  43. Nice step but need to more coucios regarding social distance besides class size should not be more than 20 health team should be available at the school before entering the school every Std should be thoroughly checked.

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