After two weeks of curfew, government-run schools in some parts of Jammu and Kashmir reopened amid tight security on Monday.
The schools were shut along with the communication lines as a measure to curb any untoward incident after the centre revoked Article 370 granting special status to the valley.
However, the schools registered a very low turnout of students. Despite the administration’s effort to reopen 190 primary schools in Srinagar city with security forces in place, all the private schools remained shut for the 15th consecutive day as per the Indian Express.
As per the report, some of the parents were also reluctant to send their children to schools citing the uncertainty in the valley.
Authorities had planned to open schools up to primary level and make all government offices functional from Monday. The officials were quoted by the newspaper saying, “There is no relaxation in restrictions in Pattan, Palhalan, Singhpora, Baramulla and Sopore towns. Primary schools in the rest of the district are open. We are collecting details about the number of students who have reported at their respective schools.”
The major relief for the valley is the restoration of fixed-line telephone connections at tourist places and some other areas of the capital. However, major telephone lines are still not reachable. While in Jammu mobile internet was once again suspended, just a day after being restored.