Primary schools in Kashmir reopened for the first time since the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5. However, attendance was very less.
“The attendance of students was thin but the staff presence was 30 to 40% in capital Srinagar. The situation, by and large, remains normal and people continue to offer their cooperation. There was no untoward incident in Jammu,” said Information Director Syed Sehrish Asghar.
“Of the 196 primary schools opened, 72 schools registered a thin attendance of students,” said Director of Education Younis Malik.
“Budgam district saw only 35 schools opening, with students’ attendance between 4 to 12%; Baramulla saw opening of 322 schools out of 671 with 40% staff presence and only 20% of students’ presence; Kupwara’s 137 schools saw attendance of 1,000 students; while Bandipora’s 207 schools saw 10 to 12% attendance of students,” he added.
All top schools in Kashmir including Delhi Public School, Presentation Convent and Burnhall School reopened but students were absent.
According to officials, “Srinagar Secretariat witnessed 75% attendance.” Many office buildings were targeted with stones by protesters in Bemina and other localities in Srinagar city.
“Restrictions have been extended to 50% police stations in Kashmir. There were minor incidents of stone-pelting in areas like Nigeen and Safakadal in the city,” said DIG B.K. Birdi.