There is certainly widespread resentment in Jammu and Kashmir from the school education department after it recently expressed the government’s ‘intention’ to reopen schools in mid-June amid the coronavirus pandemic.
After backlash, the administration stated that the instructions were issued to simply ensure sanitization of school premises in view of Covid-19 and never to start schools.
Parents of school students in Kashmir are aghast, many point out that your choice is not only idiotic but will prove extremely dangerous, putting children’s lives at stake.
“What will be the logic of opening schools when every day more than 100 folks are testing positive for Covid-19. Even markets and shops continue to be closed. How can we placed the life of our children in risk,” said Ateeqa Begum, 45, mother of three school-going children.
“Are the officials okay with making our youngsters soft targets? It appears some officials want to score some points for his or her own benefits,” she said.
On Monday, School Education Department’s Director Finance in the communiqué stated that the ‘government plans to re-open schools in mid of June’ and asked the concerned authorities to make certain all safety measures to arrest the spread of coronavirus among teachers and students.
“In this connection, necessary instructions could be circulated on the heads of all government schools to supply a pair of reusable mask and a pair of hand gloves to every student and be sure option of bulk hand sanitiser and liquid soap dispenser with the entry point of each and every school,” the communication, directed to directors of school education of Kashmir and Jammu divisions stated.
People on social websites were also cautious about your choice which will come at a time when the number of Covid-19 cases in Jammu and Kashmir has crossed 2,700 and also the death toll has reached 33.
“Reopening of schools will not be as basic as it is actually made to appear. A very important factor is clear, parents will never risk the lives in their children by sending these people to schools during the worsening coronavirus crisis, regardless how much “academic loss” it entails or whatever it implies,” said Faheem Aslam, a Srinagar resident.
“While babus are by helping cover their circulars suggesting reopening of Kashmir schools this month, they may be mum on explaining the rationale behind rushing through the decision to the anguished parents… Expecting school children to attempt social distancing and follow safety protocols, when top officers and doctors are falling prey towards the deadly virus, is absolutely nothing but idiocy,” he said.
Calls to commissioner secretary education Asgar Samoon and director school education Younis Malik went unanswered. Advisor to Lt Governor, KK Sharma said in a statement said that J&K government has not taken any decision to look at schools on June 15. “However instructions are already issued to schools to make sure sanitization of school premises in view of Covid 19,” he explained.
Dr Jitendra Singh, Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office, said inside a tweet he has asked the J&K administration to defer the decision of opening schools. “Have spoken to #JammuAndKashmir UT Government and suggested that decisions regarding 1) Vehicle Registeration Tax and 2) Reopening of schools may be deferred,” he tweeted.