Srinagar: Schools in Kashmir valley reopened on Wednesday after more than two months long winter vacation amid jubilation among the students.
The joyful students clad in school uniforms were seen waiting on the road sides at various Srinagar localities to board their buses for the school. Some students accompanied by their parents were seen walking on foot to reach schools.
“I am very happy to be in school again after winter vacation to meet friends and teachers”, Amina Gulzar of Mallinson school in Srinagar said. “I have prepared for the exams which will start from March 6”.
“It is a proud moment to be in school again after spending a long winter vacation. It was very boring at home and now normal studies would resume with my friends and teachers”, another girl student of the school Salika Muktar said .
Teacher Arifa Iftikhar was happy and seen receiving students at the gate of the school wholeheartedly.
She said after a few days the students will appear in the examinations after one year.
The examinations used to be held in Kashmir valley during the October-November session however, the academic session has now been changed to March.
The reports of schools from the primary class resumes their studies today were received from other district headquarters of the valley.
The schools were shut for winter vacations in phases across Kashmir. The schools up to class 5th were closed for vacations from December 1 of 2022 followed by class 6th to 8th students from December 12 to February 28 of 2023. For the students of class 9th to 12th the winter vacation commenced from December 19 to February 28 of 2023.
The authorities have fixed the timings of schools falling within Srinagar Municipal limits from 9 am to 2 pm.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Vijay Kumar Bidhuri said that the school timing has been changed due to undergoing road works under Srinagar Smart Project to avoid traffic jams.
“We need the support of the students and their parents and feel sorry for any inconvenience for changing the school timings”, he said.
The schools will remain closed in some snow bound far flung area of the Kashmir valley until the snow clearance operation is completed, officials said.
Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department forecast of wet weather for the two days from today may cause inconvenience to the students. The weather is presently mostly cloudy in Kashmir valley.