Srinagar, March 18 : Parents of school-going children today urged the Directorate of School Education Kashmir to close the schools in Srinagar city in view of ongoing heavy rainfall in Valley.
The parents of students studying in scores of private schools which are located in Uptown area of the Srinagar told that their wards are facing utmost difficulties while reaching their schools because of heavy downpour and prevailing chill.
They said that the colonies which are located in low lying areas have been waterlogged due to intermittent rains since past one week. “Our kids face lot of difficulties when they leave for their schools in the morning because colonies are inundated,” said the parents.
Urging Director Education to shut schools till situation normalizes, the parents said that exposure to chilly weather and rains could endanger health of their kids. “It would be better if schools are shut till weather improves and colonies get dewatered,” they said, adding that the kids upto primary level are worst sufferers.
Teachers of many private schools located in uptown Srinagar supported the demand of parents and said the authorities to shut schools upto middle level till there is improvement in weather. Similar demand of closure of schools was made by parents of students of other districts of the Valley.
The parents and teachers said that if authorities in Baramulla closed schools in wake of bad weather why not in Srinagar and other parts.
When contacted, an official of the Education Department said no decision has been taken with regard to closure of schools in Srinagar or elsewhere. (GNS)
2015 Kashmir Despatch