FOR THE first time in the Valley, schools and colleges will remain open through the winter without any break to cover the pending syllabus and make up for the time lost, as educational institutions remained closed for the last nearly five months due to protests following militant leader Burhan Wani’s killing in July.
While universities in Kashmir will offer e-tutorials to supplement the winter classes, schools, after announcing mass promotion for students recently, will hold special classes in the first month of the new academic session to revise lessons of the previous class that could not be taught due to the prolonged shutdown.
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Director of School Education Department Ajaz Ahmad Bhat said admissions for new classes have begun and coaching classes for students will remain open through the winter. “The Chief Minister’s super-50 coaching classes will remain open for students of higher classes like last year. We are planning winter classes for classes VI, VII and VIII as well,” Bhat said.
Kashmir University has already begun semester examinations for postgraduate students and uploaded tutorials for the pending lessons on its website, according to information. On September 19, the university announced that examinations for undergraduate students in its colleges will be held from December. Universities and colleges have remained shut in the Valley since July 1.
Stating that winter classes are necessary, Mohammad Ashraf Wani, Dean, Academic Affairs, at Kashmir University, said, “We have to do something. The state (government) has already announced winter classes and these will start soon as we finish the examinations. Tutorials have been uploaded on the website for the next semester.”
He said duration of each class will be reduced from an hour to 30 minutes, “but there will not be any winter break”. Islamic University of Science and Technology has also cancelled all holidays and will remain open even on weekends during the winter. “There is enough time for students in initial semesters of their course but extra classes will be held for those in the final semesters,” Siddiqi said. Education Minister Naeem Akhtar said coaching classes would be “optional” and any child who wants to avail of the facility can attend the classes. “We are working on the heating arrangement of classrooms,” he added.