Biting cold forces, early winter holidays for Kashmir schools

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Srinagar, Nov 30 (UNI) The Jammu and Kashmir government today announced winter vacations for all schools in the Valley from Monday in view of prevailing cold weather conditions.

An official spokesman said all government and private schools have been asked to announce winter holidays for students up to class VIII from coming Monday (December 3).

This has been done in view of freezing temperature prevailing in the Kashmir valley over the past several days.

Plummeting temperature and poor heating arrangements in schools had prompted the parents to urge the authorities to announce winter holidays much ahead of the schedule -- at least for primary classes -- in the Kashmir division.

A group of parents had told UNI here that there was no heating arrangement in schools, particularly government institutions, while the temperature was going down everyday.

The night temperature has even crossed minus 4 degrees Celsius and would further go down in coming days, they added.

Teachers in almost all government schools in towns and villages of the Kashmir valley were reportedly conducting classes in sunshine to avoid biting cold inside the classrooms.

But, with heavy snowfall and rains reported from across Kashmir since this morning, the teachers would not have been able to conduct the classes in open sky now.

Under such circumstances, the announcement would give the much needed relief to the students, their parents and teachers as well.


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