After winter break, schools in Gurez still non-functional

Accumulated snow on Bandipora-Gurez road compel teachers to stay away from schools, students suffer, authorities unmoved

Bandipora, Mar 03 : The accumulation of snow on the roads in far-off villages in Gurez area of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district has compelled the teachers of government-run schools there to stay away from their duties, even as the students joined their classes following the winter vacation in the Valley.

According to wire service—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), locals said that a number of schools in far-off village in Gurez are yet to start functioning properly following the winter vacation as only students living surrounding to the schools attend their classes while as the teachers continue to remain absent from their duties.

“The teachers couldn’t join the schools again so far as the roads in Gurez areas are still not cleared from the accumulated snow,” they said, adding that these schools include Boys Higher Secondary School Dawar, Middle School Markoot and others in border area of Gurez.

They said that, after seven-months, the schools reopened across Kashmir, but the educational institutions in Gurez are still non-fucntional, which shows the seriousness of the administration as well as the concerned education department in assisting the students to get education.

The locals said that Bandipora-Gurez road has not been cleared yet, which was the main reason that teachers continue to stay away from schools, adding that the administration has not taken any step in this regard.

Students of Higher Secondary School Dawar told—KNO that only two teachers attend the schools at present while rest of the teachers are not able to reach due to blockade of roads because of accumulated snow on the roads.

Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Bandipora, Zahoor Ahmad said that the teachers will be airlifted to the respective schools on priority once the chopper services will be started.

However, he refused to divulge any details regarding the road clearance work to clear the accumulated snow on the roads. Pertinently, Gurez remains cut-off for around six months every year owing to the closure of the 85-kilometre-long road as the area receive heavy snowfall—