TED NewsDesk, Srinagar: Schools in J&K reopened for classes 9th to 12th after more than 11 months. For elementary students, offline classes will resume from March 8.
The attendance was high even in the schools in rural areas. Both parents and students welcomed this step.
“We can’t imagine that the schools are open today again after many months. It feels very good to be here,” said Tajamul Ahmad, student of class XII at SP Higher Secondary School in Srinagar.
“I accompanied my daughter to the school as I wanted to check the arrangements. I am happy that the school administration has taken all the precautions due to Covid19 before reopening,” said Shakeel Ahmad Khan, whose daughter is enrolled at a private school in the old city.
“For us, it was a joyous day today as students came for daily schooling. Everybody looked cheerful,” said Gulshan Bano, head of government high school in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
The J&K government took all the steps to ensure the safety of the students. According to officials, the government has begun the health checkup of government school students in the Kashmir valley and in the winter zone areas of the Jammu region, the exercises were launched Monday with Mid-Day Meal Mission Directorate and the National Health Mission working in cooperation.
Students are being issued student health cards which will include information regarding children’s immunization record, their biannual examination record, deficiency diseases, and developmental delays.
Mid-day meal Mission Director Arun Manhas said that soon after the re-opening of schools after the outbreak of Covid-19, the administration took up the task of ensuring health checkups of students. Initially, these checkups are being done in Poonch, Samba, Kathua, and Jammu, he said.