The union Home Ministry has asked the Mehbooba Mufti government in Jammu to Kashmir to make efforts to reopen schools in the Valley which have been closed for more than 110 days because of the prevalent unrest. The Centre also expressed concern over the burning down of schools in the state and asked the state government to check such incidents.
The Home Ministry conveyed to the Jammu and Kashmir government to ensure protection of schools, especially those which are vulnerable to attacks, and make all attempts for reopening all educational institutions across the Valley.
The central government is deeply concerned over the incidents of setting ablaze of schools and worried about the future of the children who are the worst sufferers due to the prolonged turmoil in the state, a senior Home Ministry official said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also said to be worried that educational institutions being shut for a prolonged period of time will affect the lives of thousands of students. He also feels that if schools reopen, it will be a great step towards restoring normalcy in Kashmir, officials added.
At least 26 schools in various parts of the Valley were set ablaze in recent past.
The Home Ministry is said to have persuaded the Jammu and Kashmir government to direct the state Board of School Education to notify over 500 schools to conduct regular examinations.
Examinations for Class X will commence from November 15 and will culminate on November 28 while examinations for Class XII will commence from November 14 and will culminate on December 3.
Educational institutions in the Valley are closed since July 9 after clashes broke out following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani.
On Monday, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court also directed the police and civil administration to ensure the protection of schools and ordered the authorities to unmask the “mysterious enemies of education” and deal with them with an “iron hand”.
(With inputs from PTI)