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Colleges reopen in J&K, but students stay away

Millennium Post 2019-10-09 23:32:42

Colleges reopen in J&K, but students stay away

Srinagar: The efforts of the Jammu and Kashmir administration to reopen colleges in the Valley on Wednesday failed as students did not turn up for their classes.

The Kashmir valley has been witnessing continuous shutdown since August 5 when the Centre revoked the state's special status under Article 370 and bifurcated it into two Union Territories.

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Khan had last week announced that the schools would reopen on October 3 and the colleges on October 9 in the valley.

The staff reported for work at the colleges, but the students stayed away, officials said.

Students also have not attended schools despite the administration's several attempts.

The parents are reluctant to send their children to schools or colleges as they fear for their safety amid the shutdown and communication blackout in most parts of the valley.

On Wednesday, the 66th-day shutdown, normal life continued to remain disrupted across Kashmir.

While landline telephony services have been restored across the valley, mobile telephone services in most parts of Kashmir and all internet services continue to remain suspended.