Schools In Kashmir Valley Reopen After 100 Days26 September 2010
The Hindustan Times
Srinagar: After being shut for three months, schools in Kashmir are expected reopened on Monday even as Srinagar and other towns in the Valley remain under curfew. The state government on Sunday directed staff of schools to be present in their institutes, a day after the Centre asked the Jammu and Kashmir government to reopen schools as part of the central government’s eight-point peace package for the Valley. Transport is being provided to teachers and students on 11 important routes in Srinagar. School uniforms will be treated as identity proof and school buses will be allowed passage in curfew. Exams for Class 10 and Class 12 are to start in the last week of October and first week of November, respectively. The hardline faction of the separatist All Parties Hurriyat Conference, has, however, given a call for a shutdown on Monday and appealed to students and parents not to cooperate with the government’s directive. “Though education is important, the government can’t use our children to suppress the agitation,’’ said Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani. Geelani tells Kashmir parents not to send children to schools: With educational institutions all set to reopen on Monday in Kashmir Valley, the hardline Hurriyat Conference, led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani, on Sunday asked parents not to send their wards to schools and colleges. 'No right thinking person can deny the importance of education in society, but to think that they (government) are concerned about the future of our children is like a mad man's dream,' Geelani said in a statement in Srinagar. The Hurriyat hawk alleged most of the youths killed in the ongoing unrest in the Valley were students. Many more were injured and hundreds were languishing in jails, he further alleged. Geelani appealed to people to strictly observe civil curfew tomorrow when schools and colleges would resume their normal functioning in the Valley. The separatist leader also appealed to teachers and the non-teaching staff to stay at home. Education system has suffered immense damage during the ongoing unrest and imposition of curfew in Kashmir. On Saturday, the hardline Hurriyat faction rejected Centre's eight-point formula to de-escalate the current turmoil in Kashmir terming it as an 'eye wash'.