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After 66 days all colleges open in J&K but attendance remains very low
10/9/2019 11:25:46 PM
Early Times Report
Srinagar, Oct 9: The Jammu and Kashmir government ordered all colleges and higher educational institutions in the valley to open from Wednesday.
However, even after more than two months since the abrogation of Article 370, the attendance of students remains very low in the few educational institutions that had opened.
"The problem is that the atmosphere isn't right. There is no communication and no public transport. Parents are also scared to send their children to schools and colleges," Rubaan, a BCom student studying in Srinagar said.
Rubaan isn't the only one feeling that way. A few other students who visited the SP college also struck the same chords.
"We came to check here. There is a massive deployment of paramilitary forces inside the college that one doesn't feel like going," one of the students said. "It seems like the forces were using the colleges for themselves for the past two months. We are certainly worried about our future as the exams are nearing while our parents are scared too," the student added.
Auqib is another student who came to the college to check the status of the pending annual examination.
"I came to check what will happen to our annual exams. There is hardly any student here today. Most people are worried because of how things are. There is hardly any communication. and public transport is also very limited," Auqib said.
The government had earlier asked the schools to start but the students have been largely missing.
Parents have been saying that the atmosphere isn't conducive and the people of Kashmir haven't been able to completely come out of the Article 370 shock.
"Kashmiris aren't happy with what has happened. The government shouldn't have done this. What will schools and colleges do when there is no peace of mind. No parent is ready to take the risk of sending their children to school amid such security," an affronted parent said.
Normal life was halted after the Centre on August 5 announced its landmark decision of scrapping Article 370 which stripped the valley of its special status and divided it into two Union Territories.
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