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Primary schools reopen in J&K

August 20, 2019

Primary level government run schools in Jammu and Kashmir were reopened yesterday. While teachers reported to work in many schools, the turnout of students was low.

The schools had remained closed for around two weeks after the revoking of Article 370 in the state by the Centre government on 5 August.

As per reports, security was ensured for opening of 190 government primary schools in Srinagar city although private schools remained shut as parents were apprehensive about sending children out.

Low attendance of students was reported from Kendriya Vidyalayas and the Police Public School at Bemina.

Reacting to reports of students skipping school, Congress leader P Chidambaram tweeted, "Everything is normal in J&K. Schools open, no students. Everything is normal in J&K. Internet shut down once again."

As a precautionary measure schools in Baramulla district's five towns namely Pattan, Palhalan, Singhpora, Baramulla and Sopore remained closed. These are sensitive areas and close to the border.

Most government offices were also opened while markets still remain closed and public transport is not yet started. People have started using private vehicles after restrictions were removed from Srinagar.

To curb the spread of fake news in the region, Jammu and Kashmir Home Secretary Shaleen Kabra issued a warning saying, "A fake news is being spread that weapons of special police officers of J&K police are being seized. This is purely a rumour being spread by vested interests. It is categorically denied: Shaleen Kabra, Home Secretary, J&K."

Life in the state came to standstill after the government decided to take away the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. As per government reports, situation is slowly getting back to normal as restrictions are being lifted in phased manner.

Middle-level schools across Kashmir valley are to be restarted from Wednesday as per reports.

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