As per the Abrogation of Article 370, the government had asked the Deputy Commissioners and Education authorities to make sure all private and government schools in Kashmir reopen from October 3rd. Although the majority of the teachers showed up at schools but the classes were empty and no child had been sent to school. Many schools reported zero attendance.
Although private transport systems can be seen on roads, school buses are yet to hit the streets. Many parents feared their child’s safety and decided it’s safer to stay at home and many parents have stated that lack of adequate communication facilities was a factor of fear too. Kashmir’s Divisional Deputy Commissioner has asked school authorities to not charge fees for August and September months.
“We have been waiting for students since morning but no one has turned up. Everybody fears deterioration in the situation once youth are on roads and nobody wants to put the lives of their children at stake,” a senior teacher said.