Uproar after J&K govt expresses ‘intention’ of opening schools amid Covid pandemic

There may be widespread resentment in Jammu and Kashmir up against the school education department after it recently expressed the government’s ‘intention’ to reopen schools in mid-June amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Uproar after J&K govt expresses

After backlash, the administration stated that the instructions were issued to simply ensure sanitization of school premises in view of Covid-19 instead of to look at schools.

Parents of school students in Kashmir are aghast, many state that your decision is not only idiotic and definitely will prove extremely dangerous, putting children’s lives at stake.

“What will be the logic of opening schools when each day over 100 individuals are testing positive for Covid-19. Including the shops and markets remain closed. Just how can we placed the lifetime of our children in risk,” said Ateeqa Begum, 45, mother of three school-going children.

“Are the officials okay with making our kids soft targets? It appears some officials wish to score some points for own benefits,” she said.

On Monday, School Education Department’s Director Finance within a communiqué stated how the ‘government promises to re-open schools in mid of June’ and asked the concerned authorities to make certain all safety measures to arrest the spread of coronavirus among teachers and students.

“In this connection, necessary instructions can be circulated for the heads of all government schools to provide a set of reusable mask and a pair of hand gloves to each student and make sure accessibility to bulk hand sanitiser and liquid soap dispenser with the entry way of every school,” the communication, directed to directors of school education of Kashmir and Jammu divisions stated.

People on social media were also cautious about your choice which will come at one time when the number of Covid-19 cases in Jammu and Kashmir has crossed 2,700 along with the death toll has reached 33.

“Reopening of schools will not be as easy as it can be made to appear. A very important factor is clear, parents will never risk the lives of their children by sending these to schools in the middle of the worsening coronavirus crisis, irrespective of how much “academic loss” it requires or whatever it indicates,” said Faheem Aslam, a Srinagar resident.

“While babus are by helping cover their circulars suggesting reopening of Kashmir schools this month, they can be mum on explaining the rationale behind rushing through the choice to the anguished parents… Expecting school children to undertake social distancing and follow safety protocols, when top officers and doctors are falling prey towards the deadly virus, is absolutely nothing but idiocy,” he was quoted saying.

Calls to commissioner secretary education Asgar Samoon and director school education Younis Malik went unanswered. Advisor to Lt Governor, KK Sharma said in a statement stated that J&K government has not yet taken any decision to open up schools on June 15. “However instructions are already issued to schools to ensure sanitization of school premises because of Covid 19,” he stated.

Dr Jitendra Singh, Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office, said in the tweet that he or she has asked the J&K administration to defer your choice of opening schools. “Have spoken to #JammuAndKashmir UT Government and suggested that decisions regarding 1) Vehicle Registeration Tax and two) Reopening of schools may be deferred,” he tweeted.

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