Srinagar: As Kashmir valley grapples with a harsh winter, students are saying NO to classes if the government doesn’t provide heating in schools.
With temperatures touching minus 8 even the Dal Lake has got frozen. But protests by students are heating up. They even took out a march in the biting cold saying no to winter classes. They are asking the government to shut schools or provide up heating in schools.
Students complain that it’s extremely difficult to attend school in below zero degree temperature and when there are no heating or other facilities in schools.
The state government had said there would be no winter vacations this year as students had missed out on classes for nearly five months due to the violence and curfews during the summer.
Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court has also intervened. It has suggested to the government that if it wants to go ahead with the winter schooling, it needs to have adequate heating systems in place. The court has asked the Education Department to submit a compliance report in this regard by the end of this month.
“I have many times called a meeting of principals and headmasters and instructed them to use funds for the heating arrangements”, explains Manzoor Ahmad Paul, Chief Education Officer, Anantnag.
With the increase in public outcry, the state government may be forced to close schools in January.